Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty:Does the provision of sanitary pads improve the attendance and educational outcomes of girls in school?

Lead Research Organisation: University of Oxford
Department Name: Said Business School


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Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
ES/I034145/1 01/10/2011 30/09/2013 £412,364
ES/I034145/2 Transfer ES/I034145/1 01/10/2013 31/12/2014 £186,132
Description Plan Uganda 
Organisation Plan International
Department Plan Uganda
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution This ESRC/DfID funded project, Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty, is based on a partnership between Plan Uganda, Oxford University, and SOAS, University of London. SOAS and Oxford University were responsible for the initial design and conceptualisation of the project, data analysis, and stakeholder engagement in the UK and Europe.
Collaborator Contribution Plan Uganda is the implementing partner and has been responsible for the roll out of the randomised control trial, data collection and stakeholder engagement in Uganda.
Impact * All outcomes are multi-disciplinary [Anthropology, Management Studies, Social Policy, Marketing, Sociology] * Outcomes:(1) stakeholder consultation meetings, workshops and dissemination events in Uganda (2011-2014); (2) Capacity building: trained Plan staff on data collection for RCTs. * Outputs: journal papers, academic presentations, media
Start Year 2011
Description School Visits (Oxfordshire) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Dr Dolan presented a talk on sanitary care and girls education in developing countries to a group of schools in Oxfordshire. One talk was arranged by the project team and delivered to Rye St Antony Senior School for Girls. The other talks were organised by Science Oxford, which brought boys and girls from different secondary schools in the county together for the events. After the presentations, Dr Dolan fielded questions from the students, most of whom had never thought about the issue of sanitary care or its link to educational outcomes. Following the talks, Dr Dolan received notes from teachers and students on the impact of the talks and requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014,2015