Our innovative approach to education includes both girls and boys and demystifies menstrual health.
Our menstrual health education programs and campaigns are called HedhiSalama
, which means 'safe menstruation' in English. Our goal is to educate society about menstrual health. At HedhiSalama, we aim to analyze and break barriers regarding menstruation, sensitize society about menstrual hygiene management, and teach the importance of menstrual hygiene in society. Through an innovative technique that teaches the importance of menstrual health to both boys and girls in non desegregated classes, we help build a more educated community.
We joined our forces with Wash United and other stakeholders to commemorate and mark the International Menstrual Hygiene Day, which occurs every 28th of May. The commemoration of Menstrual Hygiene Day allows girls and women to address obstacles caused by menstruation while showing the nation the importance of supporting women and girls in achieving hygiene in that area. Furthermore, International Menstrual Hygiene Day gives the direction on how society as a whole can break these barriers around menstruation.
Since 2015 HedhiSalama partnered with Jo Rees, a retired expert nurse from Australia who has an extensive experience working with youth on Sex and Reproductive Health in Australia and Ethiopia. Jo Rees visits Tanzania every two years where she volunteers her time training our team on new teaching techniques and providing us with new training tools
Our HedhiSalama team is composed of:
1. Two medical doctors who constantly train our new intake of volunteers, consult to NGOs, and retrain the existing team of volunteers.
2. 50 volunteers where 30 are medical students, 15 are students who are doing bachelor degree in social work studies, and 5 are youths living with disabilities.
You can join our HedhiSalama team by contacting us here.
Content of the training:
1. Puberty and how to manage pressure around it
2. Nutrition and mechanics of Menstruation
3. Menstrual Hygiene Management
4. Techniques in breaking the silence and become a change maker
5. Workshop on repairing broken water and sanitation facilities by using available local materials
6. Workshop on how to hand sew reusable pads
With just 12 week long training sessions, we have managed to impact over 10,000 youths and community members both directly and indirectly. You can watch our videos of these innovative education programs below.