Menstrual Health Management Program (MHM-Program)

While education is the key to escaping poverty, many Tanzanian school children face multiple barriers to education. These barriers include lack of parental support, lack of school fees and supplies, excessive home chores and living too far from school. Additionally, girls face barriers such as discrimination and insufficient feminine hygiene. They even cannot afford to purchase hygienic towels. Some girls may even be led to trade sex for small amounts of money in order to purchase sanitary protection materials. While availability of reusable sanitary pads would reduce the barriers for girls to stay in school lack of it compels them  into school drop outs and poor school performance due to fear of odor and leaving visible blood in the wash rooms resulted into poor school WASH systems. 

Therefore this is a sub program with a target to reach adolescent girls out of school and in primary and secondary schools to educate them on menstrual health management in order to minimize school drop outs, poor school performance, early pregnancies, abortion and young maternal deaths. As a return this contributes to adolescent girls and young women to have self awareness and therefore reaching their dreams.

This program involves international students or professionals in MHM and other related disciplines. In this program the international students/volunteers are involved by collaborating with CVS-Tanzania Team in participating in the school and out of school trainings so that they get more knowledge and skills as well as assess the situation. Apart from direct trainings in schools and out of school, the participating students/volunteers will get opportunities to meet and interact with students, teachers and other community members including school committee members, local government authorities and religious leaders for sharing and discussing MHM best practices and challenges.  

 

This program may take 8 weeks as per proposed specific projects/tasks below but can be less depending on the students/volunteers’ choice/schedules.

MHM-Program Specific projects/tasks which international students/volunteers can be engaged

Weeks

Projects/Tasks/Activities

Week 1

  • General Introductions and Orientation to CVS-Tanzania Activities  together with other staff
  • General Introductions and Orientation to Local Government Authorities Health and Education departments
  • Learning of Basic Swahili and Tanzania history and culture
  • Briefing on health related issues according to Tanzania context
  • International students/volunteers sharing their Country history and Culture
  • International students/volunteers briefing on health related issues according to their Country context
  • Discussions on similarities and differences on health related issues
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing

Week 2

  • Visits to selected Schools and introductions to management, local government authorities, students and teachers 
  • Visits to selected health facilities and introductions to management and staff
  • Official visits and introductions to influential people and religious leaders
  • Development of Surveys/Observation/Interview guide for Menstrual Health Management data collections from selected schools, health facilities and community in relation to School Drop outs, Poor performance, Menstrual Materials, false beliefs and stigma and general Menstrual Management.
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing

Week 3

  • Data collection from selected Schools, health facilities and community members representatives using developed Surveys/Observation/Interview guide
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing

Week 4

  • Data analysis and compiling
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing

Week 5

  • Data presentation and discussions with selected schools, health facilities and community members representatives
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing

Week 6

  • Developing remedies for identified Menstrual Health challenges following the conducted surveys/observers ions/interviews and discussions with the target audience
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Note taking and recap report writing optina

Week 7

  • Sharing Findings including remedies for menstrual health challenges, conclusions and recommendations to selected schools, health facilities and community members representatives 
  • Documentations of all proceedings in form of pictures, documentaries etc.
  • Final evaluations and report writing

Week 8 

(It’s Optional)

  • Recreational tour to any selected region other than Tanga Region based on students /volunteers’ choices e.g. Ngorongoro or Serengeti  National parks, Mt Kilimanjaro etc.

Note: These are just proposed specific tasks/projects but can be adjusted upon conversations and arrangements following students/volunteers’ competencies and interests