Growth and changes
Menstrual Hygiene Education Books (Tanzania)
In 2009 Grow & Know developed and disseminated an initial 16,000 copies of "Growth and Changes" in Tanzania, a book aimed at empowering and teaching 10-14 year old girls about their changing bodies. The book is written in English and Swahili (Vipindi vya Maisha). The book was an immediate success, with the Tanzania Ministry of Education requesting to approve the book for its school curriculum, and UNFPA and UNICEF supporting the publication of additional 125,000 copies. In August 2010, the girl's book received final approval from the Ministry of Education for use in the primary school curriculum. Currently UNICEF is aiming to raise funds in order to provide copies to the estimated 1.5 million 10-14 year old girls in Tanzania. News about Tanzania Girl's Book http://www.growandknow.org/11_M-Sommer.pdf. In 2011, participatory research began with adolescent boys in Tanzania, with the ultimate aim of developing a boy's puberty book for 10-14 year old Tanzanian boys, expected to be published in 2012.
Ghana, Ethiopia and Cambodia
The participatory research with adolescent girls in Ghana, Ethiopia and Cambodia is now completed, with a context specific girl's puberty book being developed and published in each country. Publication of all three adapted books is expected for 2012
Grow & Know, Ltd
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Grow & Know, Inc., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
menstruation, puberty, menstrual hygiene management, MHM
Sommer, M. (2009). Growth and changes - Menstrual Hygiene Education Books (Tanzania). Grow & Know, Inc., Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.