Celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day in Zambia

Pad making materials and the MHM Toolbox on display at Menstrual Hygiene Day in Lusaka.

On May 28, the SPLASH (Schools Promoting Learning Achievement through Sanitation and Hygiene) project celebrated Menstrual Hygiene Day at Kabulonga Girls’ Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia, where private sector donors Yash Pharmaceuticals and Pharmanova Zambia distributed menstrual hygiene kits to 125 pupils, consisting of sanitary pads and cleaning products.

USAID/Zambia’s Mission Director Dr. Susan Brems provided the event keynote address and told girls in the audience, “I hope you view your monthly period as an expression of your womanhood and your special gift in bearing future life. I hope you take your menstruation in stride as a normal part of life. I hope you do not use it as an excuse to avoid your studies or other duties. In short, I hope you show up for life and love your life as a woman.”

More photos from the MH Celebration in Zambia can be viewed here.


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