By Exposed Uganda
Celebrated songbird Sheebah Karungi and UK based Ugandan emcee Mc Nancy Kitaka, have already rolled out their Pads for All Campaign, which they launched early this week.
This website has learnt that Sheebah and Kitaka donated the first batch of reusable Holic Sanitary pads to Mityana based Good Samaritan Home on Thursday.
Our sources reveal that the function to handover packets of Holic Pads worth over Shs1 million was held at Sheebah’s offices in Kampala, presided over by Kitaka and officials from Good Samaritan Charity.
According to Kitaka and Sheebah, after their first donation, the team plans to travel to different schools and charity homes around the country to deliver more sanitary pads.
Kitaka, who brought on board singer Sama Sojah, as Campaign Ambassador, told ExposedUganda.com that she came up with the initiative of distributing free sanitary pads to needy girls in Uganda after realising that many of them couldn’t afford them. Sama Sojah is one of the artistes signed to Redzone record label, which is managed by Kitaka.
She noted that as a result of this lack of access to sanitary pads, many young girls especially in rural areas have dropped out of school because of the stigma they are subjected to whenever they go in their monthly periods.
There are an estimated four million school girls but if one million of them have started their periods, yet 80% of the country’s population lives in the rural areas, where menstruation is never freely talked about, then annually 800 girls might be contemplating dropping out of school.
A recent research by Build Africa revealed the alarming statistics and impact this issue has on girl child retention in schools and completion.
On average, the report revealed that of the 80 days allocated to a school term, 29.7% of the adolescent girls said they missed a minimum of four days per cycle. This also includes examination days, important class presentations and the introduction of new topics.
Another 24.3% of the girls spoken to admitted to being stigmatised whenever they soiled their uniforms and as a result, they opted to stay at home until after their period.
But according to Annette Igunyo, a senior woman teacher in Kapang, Bukedea district, these girls eventually give up on school all together.
Of the girls spoken to, 90% said they use rags to pad themselves and make sure no one sees them hanging the rags to dry because it is quite embarrassing.
Helen Namaganda, a senior nurse at Soroti Referral Hospital, said however young these girls are, the effect of using a bacterial-infested cloth in their private parts poses a grave danger.