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USAID WESTERN KENYA SANITATION PROJECT COURTESY VISIT AT SEP
Last week, on the 15th November 2023, a technical team comprising of USAID-Rep Beverly Midemba, USAID-WKSP CoP- Paul Orengo, USAID-WKSP Communications Director Bill Okaka, USAID-WKSP BDS Kisumu cluster-Wycliffe Owuor, USAID-WKSP M&E Nina Lisanza, and Mercy Akinyi-Homabay paid a courtesy call to our offices in Oyugis. Our trained production assistants skillfully took them through our production unit, and the whole process of making the SULUE Reusable pads. The reusable pads are one of the menstrual products that SEP uses to offer solutions to period stigma and period poverty in Homabay County by increasing uptake of the reusable pads.
The team later and joined us in the field activities of the day.
The first activity of the day was a successful community dialogue on Breaking the silence on matters MHM at Kasipul Sub County at Rawinji Chiefs Camp. The audience comprised of a high male presence
offered a platform to break the silence on menstrual myths and perceived taboos in the society. SEP field assistants eloquently took the audience through the importance of using and embracing the #reusablepads in their households, stating clearly its advantages over other menstrual products. Questions and reactions from the audience confirmed the need for more sensitization on MHM in the community and Homabay county at large.
SEP & USAID WKSP team met and engaged teen moms and adolescents from Kendubay, Rachuonyo North sub county. The team discussed reproductive & menstrual health topics. This was aimed at increasing uptake of the SULUE reusable pads as well emphasize on the importance of good hygiene during and off menstruation. SEP continues to champion for Menstrual Health rights and access in Homabay county with the support and partnerships with USAID WKSP and other stakeholders in the Health department.