StartHer in Health
A key barrier to girl’s education in the developing world is a lack of access to basic Menstrual Health Management. Girls drop out of school during their periods, missing up to 4 days of school every 4 weeks.
In South Africa, this issue is particularly prevalent;
- 1/3rd of girls in South Africa report dropping out of school during menstruation.
To facilitate access to education for girls the WildHearts Foundation provide reusable sanitary pads in South Africa. The goal is to increase school attendance and reduce the implications of girls dropping out of school due to their periods.
- When girls have no access to sanitary pads, attendance rates in secondary schools decrease by 25% in comparison to 1.5% when sanitary pads are distributed.
WildHearts distribute reusable sanitary pads to girls in the hardest to reach areas of South Africa. With the continued support of our customers and partners, we will expand this life-changing initiative into neighbouring countries, ensuring girls not only go to school but stay in school.
Ref: PLoS One Medical Journal, Ugandan Study, 2016; UNICEF, 2014; World Bank, 2015