Written by Dr. Emily Wilson-Smith – Chair of Irise International
Before I even set foot in Uganda as a teenager I had anticipated period horror. I took myself to my general practitioner and explained that the combination of a pit latrine and a period just wasn’t going to work out for me. There was nothing for it but for him to give me the pill. It took me another five years to work out that women and girls in Uganda had to endure the pit latrine-period combo every month and that it didn’t really work for them either.
It is fair to say I was a bit slow in coming to this conclusion. A group of girls had to spell it out for me during some research in their school. Menstruation wasn’t even on my radar. They explained that they could not afford pads and were using…
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