The onset of puberty and menarche is a particularly vulnerable time for girls, when external pressures are exacerbated by their lack of knowledge of their bodies, their rights, and the implications of their decisions, and by their inability to manage puberty and adolescence safely and comfortably with appropriate menstrual health and hygiene management (MHM) products. Although several programs have previously been developed to address girls’ MHM needs globally, few have been evaluated, and where evidence does exist the results have been mixed. In collaboration with ZanaAfrica, the Population Council is evaluating the Nia Project, a set of interventions for adolescent girls in Kilifi County, Kenya. This evaluation analyzes the effect of distribution of Nia brand disposable sanitary pads and provision of reproductive health education (i.e., facilitated sessions and the Nia Teen magazine) on girls’ education and reproductive health outcomes. This report presents data from the baseline survey of the Nia Project, providing a multidimensional description of a sample of the girls who will be participating in the Nia Project and the schools they attend.
Muthengi, Eunice N., Emily Farris, and Karen Austrian. 2017. "The Nia Project: Baseline report." Nairobi: Population Council.
Evaluating the Nia Project