By; Ben Musanje
As Uganda prepares to join the rest of the world to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child tomorrow, AIDs Health Foundation (AHF) Uganda Cares has embarked on providing free sanitary towels to vulnerable young women and adolescent females.
The campaign was launched at St. Matia Mulumba Catholic Parish Old Kampala where they offered over 10,000 packets of sanitary pads to four primary schools from Kawempe division free of charge.
The AHF Bureau Chief Peninah Amor says that the campaign has been rolled out to three countries; Uganda, Nigeria and Zambia with over 1million sanitary pads worth USD 70,000 will be distributed with the aim of keeping adolescent girls at school.
However, government disclosed that they are soon finalizing negotiations with development partners to establish sanitary production centers in six regions across the country.
The Gender Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Sports Angella Nakafeero says that they expect this project to kickoff in the next financial year 2018/19.
International Day of the Girl Child is celebrated annually on October 11th to highlight issues concerning the gender inequality facing young girls.
This year’s theme is “The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030.”