Over 800,000 girls sitting for their final year national examinations in 2019 including those in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps benefitted from three months’ supply of sanitary towels at an estimated cost of KES.281million.
The girls received a Menstrual Health package consisting of three packets of sanitary pads enough to last for three months, 3 pieces of underwear and a menstrual health information booklet all enclosed in a drawstring bag.
A 2016 report by FSG, a global consulting firm, showed that only 65% of women and girls in Kenya can afford sanitary towels. Additionally, it is estimated that girls from disadvantaged families miss at least 20% of school days in a year due to lack of sanitary towels.
In 2010, the government introduced the National Free Sanitary Towel Programme to provide sanitary towels to school girls, train on hygienic usage and disposal of sanitary towels and monitor and evaluate its impact
The programme has allowed regular retention of girls in school, enhanced performance and transition of girls from one level to another.