Torchlight Series

Cupping the Flow: Reusable Cups Putting an End to Period Poverty in Nigeria

In total, a woman menstruates for an estimated seven years during her lifetime. During this time, in addition to grappling with mood swings due to hormonal changes and stomach discomfort, she must maintain her personal hygiene. One of the measures is using menstrual hygiene products to collect and hold blood during the monthly menstrual cycle. […]

Torchlight Africa

Say No to Period Taboo: The Senegalese organisations speaking up for African women and girls

Every day, an estimated 800 million girls and women around the world experience their menstrual flow. Commonly known as a period, menstruation is a normal biological process that girls and women go through to ensure good reproductive health. However, a large number of menstruating girls and women continue to face persistent challenges in managing their […]

Health Torchlight Series

No More Absence: Abuja NGO works to improve menstrual health for schoolgirls

Sylvia Egar was 13 years old in 2017 when she started her period for the first time. Her mother had never discussed the menstrual cycle with her, so she thought the painful, bloody discharge meant she was going to die. When her mother returned from the market later that evening and heard what had happened, […]

Press Release

New data from PMA2020 shed light on menstrual hygiene management in Kaduna, Nigeria

Data on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) are scarce, especially at a large scale. As Melinda Gates noted at the recent Women Deliver conference in May, “Data underpins everything… If you don’t have data, you don’t know where to make good investments. This is why I’m so excited about the potential of the commitment to close […]