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East Africa Projects

Irise / East Africa Projects

Current Projects

Read more about our current projects in East Africa.

Creating Menstruation Friendly Schools

This UK Aid Direct funded project tests a school based menstrual health intervention in 10 schools in Uganda that includes product provision, low cost improvements to school facilities, menstrual health education and community engagement and behaviour change. An impact evaluation will assess the added benefits of Irise’s community engagement approach and compare different measures of menstrual related absenteeism. The project will directly support 6,000 boys and girls and create resources that others can use to create a sustainable, menstruation friendly environment for school girls.

Creating menstruation friendly communities

This project tests and adapts a behaviour change approach developed by Professor Hazel Barrett and colleagues at the University of Coventry to the issue of menstrual health.

Girls In Control Soroti

We’re delivering our menstruation friendly school package in 13 schools in Soroti district, to schools serving the most vulnerable and marginalised girls.

Completed Projects

Read more about our completed projects in East Africa.

Establishing sustainable, local access to affordable menstrual products

This project developed a sustainable entrepreneur network in Eastern Uganda supplying women and girls with a choice of affordable products, alongside national level advocacy and policy work and delivery of education and behaviour change. The project created income generating opportunities for over 200 local people and generalisable learning about how to establish sustainable access to menstrual products in partnership with the community. The poorest half of our network of entrepreneurs experienced a 52% increase in household income and female entrepreneurs reported increased status and self-esteem.

We are now focusing on last mile distribution for the hardest to reach areas and communities.