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Marie Stopes Tanzania commemorates the Menstrual Hygiene Day in Mwanza

5 August 2022

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In May, Marie Stopes joined government and other stakeholders in Mwanza, Magu District to commemorate the Menstrual Hygiene Day where 983 adolescent girls from Bukandwe Secondary school were trained on menstrual hygiene management and sexual reproductive health. In partnership with Flaviana Matata Foundation, several activities were conducted including conducting 5 education sessions through radio and television with a theme on breaking the silence and make menstruation a normal fact of life. Apart from the media sessions conducted, MST piloted the use of the new social media channel, ClubHouse to conduct a live session which reached a total of 200 participants in a live session aimed at raising awareness and discuss better ways to support girls and women through providing better MHM education and creating an enabling environment for women and girls to access MHM services. While at Bukandwe secondary school the team conducted a gender fishbowl dialogue with girls and boys with an aim of unpacking existing taboos, stigma, stereotypes, myths and misconception around menstruation and the role of men and boys in supporting safe menstrual hygiene management. On the other hand, MST trained 20 teachers on delivering comprehensive sexuality education to students. In addition, 120 students were capacitated on safe menstrual hygiene management.

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