Women and girls in developing countries face a myriad of health issues which need special consideration chief among them lack of access to menstrual products.

Cancer, reproductive health, maternal health, HIV and AIDS and gender based violence are some of the key health issues affecting women and girls around the world.

Lack of access to menstrual products for the girl child took centre stage at Investing in Women’s Health National Dialogue by Katswe Sistahood and the SADC PF sexual and reproductive health and rights desk that was held in the capital.

Parliamentarians Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga and Beatrice Nyamupinga spoke highly on the need for a multi stakeholder approach in alleviating the challenges.

Girls in poor nations often use rags, cow dung and newspapers as they cannot afford expensive period products hence the need to provide re-usable and washable cloth pads to girls.

According to studies 1 in 10 teen girls in Africa skip or drop out of school because they do not have access to period products.