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Celebrating Our Impact on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

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As we commemorate World Menstrual Hygiene Day, we reflect on the strides we’ve made as an organization to promote menstrual health and hygiene, particularly for women and girls in vulnerable communities. Over the past years, our concerted efforts have left a lasting impact on the lives of countless individuals, empowering them to manage menstruation with dignity and pride.

Focus on Women and Girls

One of our core objectives has been to prioritize the menstrual hygiene needs of women and girls, recognizing the crucial role that access to hygienic products and education plays in their overall well-being. Through targeted campaigns and initiatives, we have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential resources to support menstrual health.

Inclusive Programming

Central to our mission is inclusivity, ensuring that no one is left behind in our efforts to promote menstrual hygiene. We have actively included all forms of vulnerabilities in our programs, recognizing the intersecting factors that can exacerbate challenges related to menstruation. By collaborating with various organizations and stakeholders, we have maximized our impact and reached diverse communities with tailored interventions.

Milestones Achieved

In 2021, our focus was on the western rural district of Sierra Leone, specifically Freetown. Through extensive awareness campaigns in schools and the distribution of reusable pads and other menstrual products, we reached secondary school girls, equipping them with the necessary tools to manage menstruation effectively.


Building on this momentum, in 2022, we expanded our campaign to the Western Urban area, targeting schools and deprived communities. Our efforts included media advocacy, symposiums featuring medical experts, and the distribution of a variety of menstrual products to ensure comprehensive support.


In 2023, we turned our attention to women and girls with disabilities, recognizing their unique challenges. Through a week-long celebration culminating in a symposium at the Milton Maggai School for the Blind, we provided education, support, and quality menstrual products to empower these individuals. The creation of safe spaces for open dialogue proved transformative, fostering a sense of empowerment and community.

Looking Ahead

Authored by: Emmanuel Olufemi Duncan
Operations/Programs Director
Shalom Rescue Foundation

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