Recent attention has been drawn and agenda tabled on Menstrual Hygiene Management, abbreviated as MHM cross sectors. The actors drawn both public and private sectors congregated in a bid to look into ways to improve MHM among girls and across communities, both by increasing access to services related to sanitary pads and appropriate information about managing challenges associated with onset and management of menstrual facets. The influence of menstruation and inadequate access to sanitary products by schoolgirls give the agenda momentum to cut across sectors seeking more support. Even to policy and decision-makers, the agenda has been discussed, to look into subsidies for the sanitary products in order to heighten affordability. SATF is already in, to support this good course.
To start with in 2018, SATF had representation in just ended Menstrual Hygiene Management(MHM) advocacy meeting held in Dar es salaam and Dodoma.
At the SATF level, a project branded Binti Nadhifu recently was launched, to support SATF female beneficiaries with Sanitary materials, and to equip them with basic skills in MHM. SATF through Binti Nadhifu is joining hands with other stakeholders advocating for the availability of sanitary pads to girls in schools, as well as the right knowledge on usage.
In this year, 720 beneficiaries scattered in 12 regions received the sanitary items and education on MHM. Program areas include Dodoma, Mwanza, Kagera, Arusha, Morogoro, Mtwara, Lindi, Coastal, Njombe, Shinyanga, Kigoma and Geita.