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Teachers at Butale Mixed and Kyamuyimbwa primary schools in Kabonera Sub County are helping their pupils to produce sanitary pads to help them easily overcome menstrual challenges.

Disturbed with the challenge of effective management of menstruation, which forces girls out of school, two primary schools in Masaka district have started producing sanitary wear for their pupils. Teachers at Butale Mixed and Kyamuyimbwa primary schools in Kabonera Sub County are helping their pupils to produce sanitary pads to help them easily overcome menstrual challenges. 

The sanitary wears are produced out pieces of linen cotton fitted with wool and polythene papers, which are manually sewn to give real shapes of factory-made sanitary pads that have the capacity to ensure hygiene and comfort for the users. The pads are fixed with buttons to fasten them properly. 

Josephine Nabukeera, a senior woman teacher at Butale Primary school says they integrated the program in their co-curricular activities that provides inclusive education to learners. Nabukeera says they hatched the idea after suffering negative effects of poor menstrual management.

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Helen Nalubwama, the head teacher Kyamuyimbwa primary school says the project is helping them impart sustainable skills among their pupils. She says being in rural areas where many parents can't afford buying sanitary pads, the program is saving the children the burden of using unhygienic materials during their menstruation.

 
Nalubwama says they also involve boys in the production of the sanitary pads so that they can play a role in solving the problem and pass the skills to their sisters at home.
 
 
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In the campaigns for the just concluded presidential elections, President Yoweri Museveni promised to provide free sanitary pads to schools. However, Nalubwama wants government to empower the schools to produce the sanitary pads for sustainability of the program.
 
 
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A 2014 survey by UNICEF on the menstrual management in Uganda, showed that 40 percent of girl pupils dropout of school before primary seven due to failure to manage they menstrual periods.