Celebrated worldwide every 28 May, Menstrual Hygiene Day raises awareness about menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and the important role it plays in improving the wellbeing of women and girls. Throughout the year, Speak Up Africa prioritizes MHM as a key focus area for the organization, impacting how menstrual health is talked about and advocated for across West Africa.
Senegal’s National Office of Sanitation revels new vision for non-sewered sanitation across the country
In 2011, Senegal’s National Office of Sanitation (ONAS) set up a pilot program to better organize and restructure the country’s fecal sludge management (FSM) sector. On Thursday, 7 June, 2018, with a host of potential investment partners present, Lansana Gagny Sakho, Director General of ONAS, revealed the organization’s plan to scale the project through the establishment of a National Program for Sustainable Development of Non-Sewered Sanitation in Senegal (PNDDAA).
Yesterday marked day one of the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM), the largest scientific conference focused on the global fight to eliminate malaria. Once again, twenty years after the first MIM conference, scientists, researchers, policymakers, and heads of state are meeting in Senegal, this time at the Abdou Diouf International Conference Center (CICAD), to promote global collaboration and build research capacity in malaria-endemic countries across Africa.
Working with partners to raise the profile of non-sewered sanitation and fecal sludge management in francophone Africa
Determined to touch as many people as possible, Speak Up Africa’s advocacy work includes building partnerships with organizations that share similar visions for sustainable development in Africa.
It was a busy week at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). The mass of information presented in panels, plenaries and symposia was diverse, with researchers, health workers, program managers, ministers and others working to eliminate malaria on the African continent and globally, learning, teaching and networking with each other.
Below are some of the highlights from the week.
Inside #MIM2018: A night under the stars with Youssou Ndour to say thank you and celebrate the people working to #EndMalaria on day 4 of the conference
We are more than half way through a week of knowledge sharing and networking at the 7th Multilateral Initiative on Malaria (MIM). On Wednesday night, to show gratitude and celebrate the many stakeholders working daily to #EndMalaria, the MIM organizing committee hosted a special night gala dinner with a private concert from international favorite, and malaria champion, Youssou Ndour.
Did you enjoy the first installment of “The Agenda”? I’ve spent several weeks thinking about creating a way to share all the goodies I discover on women doing #BOSS things across tech–as both founders and funders–but let fear hold me back for while. However, June turned out to be a good month for releasing fears and “saying yes” to all the things that scared me.
Welcome to the first issue of The Agenda, a weekly look at women in tech, venture and the startup world. I may throw in a few woo-woos and feel goods too, just because that’s who I am. I love seeing others win and enjoy sharing the good stuff badass women do.
When I first saw a link to Chuku’s Nigerian tapas restaurant in my social media timeline, the first thing I thought was, “Isn’t that an oxymoron?” I mean, tapas is a Spanish style of dining comprised of small, or snack-sized, plates of food, but who eats snack-sized Nigerian food?
Inside #MIM2018: “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign showcases achievements and celebrates Senegal's successes in the malaria-fight on day 2 of the conference
The “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” national mobilization campaign to eliminate malaria has been a model of success since it was first launched in Senegal in 2014. Organizations around the world continue to laud the program, with H.E. Macky Sall, President of Senegal, receiving the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) Award for Excellence for his outstanding leadership of the campaign, which helped the country reduce malaria cases by more than twenty percent between 2015-2016.
Speak Up Africa joins forces with Special Olympics Senegal to provide menstrual hygiene management training for athletic coaches
Speak Up Africa and Special Olympics Senegal are long time partners in the fight against malaria, immunization awareness and breaking taboos around menstrual hygiene management (MHM). Last week, at the Speak Up Africa Lab in Pikine, Senegal, the two organizations joined forces again for a training that prepared 19 Special Olympic coaches, from regions across Senegal, with the skills they will need to facilitate MHM awareness activities for people living with intellectual disabilities.
How a Little Innovation and Determination Helped One Community in Senegal Reach Zero Malaria-related Deaths
The community of Thiénaba, 180 km from Dakar, Senegal’s capital city, has not had a malaria-related death since 2009. Prior to this, malaria was taking many lives in the community, including Ami Diop, a 12-year-old girl, who passed away in October 1999 after a two day sickness with fever.
On International Women’s Day, Speak Up Africa partners with Apiafrique to deliver menstrual hygiene management workshop for high school students
Openly approaching subjects long thought to be cultural taboo is not always an easy task. However, advocating for a better understanding of menstrual hygiene is one commitment Speak Up Africa is dedicated to improving with its campaign “No Taboo Periods”.