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EcoSmart Uganda is hosting an online discussion about Menstrual Hygiene.

EcoSmart Uganda is hosting a Menstrual Hygiene Management Education session online. Menstrual Cramps, Menstrual Disorders, and the Menstrual Cycle are just a few of the sub subjects that will be explored. Hon. Rossette Nanayanzi, who works for the Ministry of Education and Sports, Dr. Elizabeth Kemigisha, a Lecturer at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, and Ms. Shakirah Namatovu, our Cofounder and Director, will head a panel of guest speakers. Ms. Lydia Asiimwe, not only our Director but also Cofounder of EcoSmart Uganda Ltd, will moderate the discussion.

This event will take place on September 18, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. and will last only one hour.

Furthermore, if you would like to participate in this online debate about MHM, please register using this link. Consequently, You can refer to the poster for further the details

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Periods In Pandemic

Uganda confirmed her first positive case of the new COVID-19 pandemic in March of last year as reported by various platforms including africanews.com. As people became increasingly concerned, scared, and panicked, Uganda’s Government decided it would be prudent to place the country on partial lockdown, followed by complete lockdown. While these efforts were credited with greatly reducing the spread of the disease, it goes without saying that they also severely harmed many segments of the public. These draconian measures would be as cruel as they sound in a low and moderate income country like Uganda, where people struggle to earn their daily bread, and where if they don’t work, there won’t be food on the table that day. The government, through the Prime Minister’s Office, launched a food distribution program for such a group of people. Please see the story by New Vision, a daily newspaper tabloid. However, the key question was and remains if food was all that the majority of Ugandans required; what about other essentials like water, soap, toothpaste, fuel, charcoal, clothing, and sanitary pads for young girls and women? We questioned the availability of menstrual hygiene items in light of evidence that various communities lacked access to other services such as a steady supply of water, which would have an impact on sanitation services. According to a recent statement from a local broadcasting TV station (NBS TV), girls in Kasese were exchanging sex for sanitary pads. The story may be followed on the NBS TV YouTube channel here

Period poverty was and has been a problem in Uganda even before the pandemic, especially in rural regions, which is why EcoSmart Uganda was founded with the goal of making sanitary products more affordable and accessible to this group of people. Despite the fact that the government has prioritized infrastructure development by building thousands of kilometers of road networks as evidenced by the 2021/22 budget here, it is still seeable that the country’s most distant locations are still difficult to reach. How will girls in rural places and hard to access areas get sanitary supplies given the restrictions on the flow of goods and services? How will they deal with their menstrual cycles? How will they be able to access MHM Education in the face of technological limitations? 

EcoSmart Uganda has also helped by distributing sanitary kits to less fortunate females in Kawempe Division and Mbarara District. The girls’ excitement and happiness were sheer evidence of how much more work is required of us in such times. In summary, EcoSmart Uganda wishes to acknowledge and thank UNFPA Uganda, KAO Corporation of Japan, and Outbox Uganda for their tireless and crucial support of the company’s operations.

MHM Education at Kawempe Division during the Menstrual Hygiene Campaign

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EcoSmart Uganda Celebrates Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020

On 28th May, EcoSmart Uganda joined the rest of the world to celebrate the world Menstrual Hygiene Day( MHDay) for the year 2020. This is an annual awareness day to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management initiated by WASH united in 2014. This year, it ran on the theme, It is time for action. To benefit the girls and women as its aim suggests, EcoSmart Uganda embarked on numerous awareness activities and this was mainly through the digital measures due to hindrances caused by the novel COVID19 where it is important to keep social distance and so on. A video enlightening about EcoSmart Uganda celebrating MHDay 2020, and menstrual experiences was shared on the different social media sites. Click here to watch the video. EcoSmart team members aired out their views about the menstrual matters and these are captured in the image below.

Different Messages from EcoSmart Uganda Team Members.

EcoSmart hosted a Facebook live discussion led by our Cofounder Lydia Asiimwe who shared about a vital topic; “Citing menstruation as one of the leading causes of school dropout among girls”. She cited that among the 55 schools that EcoSmart had visited in western Uganda, non of them had menstrual hygiene  facility and this was a very big setback.In addition, most of the girls missed school during their menstruation periods. Find the video here

It was evident from the feedback received that there is still a great gap in reaching women in hard to reach areas, our efforts are still aligned to ensure that vulnerable people in hard to reach areas get to also access menstrual materials  and education. During these celebrations, we were able to reach out to 2000+ people and engaged over 400 people on our media platforms. 

Follow us on Facebook @EcoSmart pads, on Twitter @EcosmartL  and LinkedIn @ EcoSmart Uganda for daily and more updates on menstrual awareness most especially in this time of the COVID19 pandemic because periods don’t end with pandemics. 

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EcoSmart hosts students from Tottori University

On March 10th 2020, EcoSmart Uganda was privileged to host 14 students from the University of Tottori in Japan. This visit was organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to allow the students an opportunity to learn about Uganda and some of its locally made products.


EcoSmart Uganda is currently supported by UNFPA Uganda and the KAO Corporation in Japan, to develop affordable, disposable and environmentally friendly sanitary pads by up cycling sugarcane fibre. The purpose is to make menstrual health supplies affordable and accessible to girls in Uganda with the aim of equipping them to stay in school and complete their education.

EcoSmart Uganda’s production facility is locatedat the Uganda Investment Authority’s Small & Medium Enterprises (SME) Park, Plot 207, Makenke Kashari- Mbarara District in South Western part of Uganda.

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