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The Irise is organization dedicated to addressing inadequate menstrual hygiene management in Uganda. This issue is a driver of gender inequality and disempowerment, and impacts disadvantaged women and girls’ ability to make good decisions about their reproductive health. Irise uses a replicable and evidence-based model for delivering reusable sanitary pads and education to marginalized girls in Uganda.

Irise International is currently conducting a research study in Bushenyi District in Western Uganda investigating the impact of a Menstrual Hygiene Programme on girls’ knowledge of menstruation, self-esteem and school absenteeism.

The organization needs international students interested in joining their research team. Volunteers will be based in Ishaka Town in Bushenyi District at Kampala International University (KIU). The individual will work as part of the organization’s small research team under the supervision of an Irise Researcher.

The organization offers additional types of volunteering on an as-needed basis. Please check their website for their current needs.

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Volunteers are needed from 2 – 8 month volunteering placements.


Volunteering is free, but volunteers must cover their own expenses, including food, lodging, and transportation. The organization offers an anticipated fee breakdown on their website.


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