This brief provides highlights from the Nia Project conducted in Kenya. The study found that while gaps exist in girls’ capabilities, particularly knowledge and attitudes related to menstruation and reproductive health, the Nia Project has the potential to bridge those gaps. The Project is one of the first randomized controlled trials to explore the role of sanitary pad distribution and reproductive health education—individually and in combination—to improve girls’ educational and sexual and reproductive health outcomes. The findings of this study will make a critical contribution to filling an evidence gap in the field of menstrual health and hygiene management, and in doing so will guide education and health policy in this area in Kenya and in the region.
Muthengi, Eunice N., Emily Farris, and Karen Austrian. 2017. "The Nia Project," brief. Nairobi: Population Council.
Evaluating the Nia Project