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Destigmatising menstrual hygiene

The Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities (DWYPD) has encouraged citizens to break negative social norms surrounding menstrual hygiene. The department made the call on Thursday, ahead of menstrual Hygiene Day, observed globally on 28 May. The department, on the day, rallies behind global efforts to realise a world free from period poverty and stigma related to menstruation. On menstrual Hygiene Day, the global community reflects on the importance of menstrual health for women and girls. The department said in underdeveloped and developing communities, socio-economic disparities are always reflected in the physical and health outlook of females. It said women and girls from poor socio-economic conditions are worse off when it comes to managing their menstrual hygiene. The agony faced by women in not being able to access menstrual products is a sad reality because it endangers their health due to the fact that they have to resort to extreme measures like the use of unhygienic cloths, cow dung and sand to mitigate the absence of menstrual products. These unsanitary practises, done through desperation, result in infection, illness and even death for women and girls who also do not have access to quality healthcare. Women in rural areas are worse off as they do not readily have access to clean running water, and private wash facilities to manage their menses, said department spokesperson, Shalen Gajadhar. Sanitary Dignity Programme In response to this, the South African government, through the Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Department, decided to launch the Sanitary Dignity Programme in 2019, and allocated a budget to ensure that girl learners in quintiles 1 3 and special schools receive free sanitary pads. The Sanitary Dignity Implementation Framework addresses menstrual health and hygiene through a comprehensive approach, including access to products, education and water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Gajadhar said government is further striving to ensure that there is enabling infrastructure in schools, where there is a clean and reliable supply of water in toilets, where girl learners can change their menstrual products in a clean, private and safe environment, and can hygienically dispose of used products. He said it is against this background that the response to COVID-19 will adopt three interventions on products, Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), and education. WASH is a fundamental requirement needed for achieving sanitary dignity in South Africa and elsewhere, Gajadhar said.

may 27 2021 7:00pm
Premier Alan Winde launches multi-sectoral TB emergency response plan, 28 April

On Wednesday, Premier Alan Winde will visit the Karl Bremer Hospital to launch a multi-sectoral emergency response plan to reduce the spread of Tuberculosis (TB) in the Western Cape. This follows an undertaking he made on World TB Day to report back within one month on our plan. This visit will be followed by a walkabout of the mens health Centre for TB at Karl Bremer.Recognizing the major impact which TB has on lives and jobs in our province, the Western Cape Government has led the development of an emergency response plan for TB, embracing some of the lessons learnt from its response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Premier Winde will be joined for the launch by the Minister of health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo and the Head of health, Dr Keith Cloete, as well as the civil society partners who form part of the Premiers Council on Aids and TB.Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021Time: Media to meet no later than 9:50 for a 10:00am startLocation: Green Building, Karl Bremer Hospital, Frans Conradie Dr, Bellville West, Cape TownSeating is limited and registration is mandatory to ensure Covid-19 compliance.Please RSVP by sending your name, media publication and contact information to Cayla Murray by emailing [email protected] by no later than close of business on Monday, 26 April 2021. Province: Western Cape

apr 26 2021 7:40pm
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Parliament to launch Men's Parliament Programme of Action

Parliament, in partnership with the South African National Aids Council (SANAC) and the Department of Social Development, will launch the mens Parliament Programme of Action. The launch will take place on Thursday. The 2020 to 2022 mens Parliament programme of Action, which will be held under the theme Takuwani Riime - Institutionalising a Responsive mens Movement, follows the two biennial national mens Parliaments, held in 2018 and 2020. The biennial national mens Parliaments were held under the banner of the Takuwani Riime mens Movement - a civil society movement led by men. The movement seeks to address the role of men in combating the spread of HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), amongst others. The mens Parliaments is aimed at assisting to develop and coordinate the Men Championing Change Programme in order to reach the targeted population of mens and boys formations across the country. This includes building strategic partnerships and alliance with different stakeholders and development agencies on issues including GBV, social cohesion, crime, substance abuse and mens health.

mar 31 2021 6:52pm
Chirwa fights for menstrual health management to become a global

Candice Chirwa has made it her life's mission to make menstrual health management a global human right.

jan 26 2021 6:11pm
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