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Despite menstruation being a social and economic challenge directly affecting 50% of the population and, indirectly, entire communities, the topic remains taboo for many. Without safe, hygienic solutions young girls are forced to isolate themselves and routinely miss school. Their higher absenteeism negatively impacts their academic performance and ultimately diminishes economic prosperity. When leaves, newspaper and rags are the only options to deal with menstruation, the risk of infection is high.
Working in partnership with village women’s groups and community leaders, Hamamas Meri provides training and support for a locally driven response to the menstruation challenge in rural PNG.
3 CORE TRAINING MODULES
Improving the accessibility of safe, hygienic feminine hygiene products is an important element of the programme. The way this is achieved is equally as important. Wantaim PNG believes that free handouts are rarely the best solution.
Despite being easiest to implement, free handouts typically undermine genuine efforts towards sustainable, community led development.
The Hamamas Meri programme comprises 3 core training modules and a marketing overlay to help secure kit sales and valuable income for participating groups. When women’s groups unite to solve their own problems, individual self esteem and fellowship is strengthened and entire communities reap the benefits. Hamamas Meri is tok pisin for ‘happy women or girls’.
This concept is central to Wantaim PNG’s reason for being: supporting rural PNG communities to thrive.