International Medical Corps UK

Hygiene tools for girls in Somalia

International Medical Corps will provide 1,500 females in Somalia with menstrual hygiene supplies - soap, sanitary pads, and underwear. With school visits and community groups, we will show the most vulnerable girls the ease and benefits of menstrual hygiene; keeping them clean, dignified and safe.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1093861)

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In 2014, International Medical Corp’s health facilities in Jowhar saw that urine infections caused by poor hygiene were the largest cause of sickness in females aged 10-24 years. Lack of personal hygiene during menstruation has a huge impact on the lives of girls in Somalia. Mothers and daughters will often not talk about the taboo topic of personal hygiene, and accessing sanitary pads is difficult. During their monthly cycle, school attendance from girls is low, due to fear of embarrassment.


International Medical Corps have trained 20 community workers to promote personal hygiene through home visits, community meetings, and school visits. By giving out sanitary pads, soap and underwear through these visits and meetings, we will support girls to put their new found knowledge of menstrual hygiene into practice. By increasing the demand for sanitary pads, we hope to drive down the prices of supplies, improving access in the long term.