While Uganda celebrates its success in containing the spread of COVID19 with sixty-nine recovered cases and zero number of deaths, the country’s leading telecommunication company, MTN Uganda recently donated sanitary towels to women in the mandatory COVID19 isolation centres.
The sanitary towels were received by the Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr Diana Atwine on behalf of the national task force.
This donation closely follows the world menstrual hygiene day that was observed yesterday, May 28th across the world to challenge the social stigma associated with menstruation.
This year, the day was marked under the theme ‘Periods in Pandemic’ to highlight how the challenges faced by women during menstruation have worsened during the pandemic.
Executed by MTN’s Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation, this donation of sanitary pads is in response to a request from the ministry of health in a bid to provide for the sanitary needs of the women who are in mandatory isolation at the national Covid19 quarantine centres.
“This will be dispatched to our girls and women at the quarantine sites and treatment centres across the country,’ Dr Atwine said.
She said MTN continues to support the COVID-19 response in via communication, call centre agents and equipment, logistical support for surveillance and case management teams among others.