Young adolescent girls tend to be less prepared for MHM and suffer from anxiety, apprehensions, fear and shame during their menses. In addition, pre-existing social taboos and cultural restraints during menstruation mean that managing menstruation is a greater challenge during disasters. Further, there is limited access to reproductive health services and safe menstrual hygiene materials during disasters. Menstrual hygiene needs are not only specific and pressing to women and girls in reproductive age but also require access to same management of the menstrual period, a basic reproductive health right. In emergencies, the usual lifestyles of affected individuals change and they are confronted with additional stress that could worsen their physical and psychological well-being.

In SAYA, we understand that young people are at different stages of sexual development, and recognize their diversity, we use a variety of approaches to appropriately meet the needs of our girls without any stigmatization. Such approaches include providing girls in marginalized communities with sanitary towels and also bringing together all stakeholders in various communities in taking part in sporting activities to create awareness on various issues affecting menstrual health


Sport offers gateway to reproductive health, human rights

Sport promotes cooperation and creativity, attracts positive energy, breaks deadlocks and develops innate talents and skills. Sports like football attract youths to the youth centres. And these activities offer their own benefits, such as promoting health and social unity. SAYA use football tournaments as an entry point for spreading critical messages. For instance, in partnership with Ngoliba Alumni and Vas Pro conducts SAYA hosted a tournament in Ngoliba primary school information, a session that offered accurate, non-judgmental information on sexual and reproductive health. More than 200 girls received sanitary towels that will sustain them in school for a whole year. Men came out in support of ending the stigma revolving around Menstrual Health through a football Match. The idea is that sporting activities have the potential to instill a sense of health awareness and facilitate their access to the RH messages.