Under Wash RGF focuses on menstrual hygiene majorly for the following reasons:
To Promote health and hygiene: Proper menstrual hygiene practices help to prevent infection and promote overall health and hygiene, reducing the risk of urinary tract infections, vaginal infections, and other health problems associated with poor menstrual hygiene.
Improves girls’ and women’s access to education, in Uganda some girls miss school during their periods due to lack of menstrual hygiene facilities, which affects their education and future opportunities.
Access to menstrual hygiene products and facilities helps to reduce absenteeism and increase school attendance among girls .
Reduces stigma and discrimination: The taboo and stigma around menstruation can be a barrier to women and girls accessing education and employment opportunities. .
Addressing the linkages between WASH and menstrual hygiene is essential for achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls to reach their full potential.
investing in WASH infrastructure and services that are gender-responsive and meet the specific needs of women and girls is critical for improving menstrual hygiene management and promoting gender equality