CSI initiative delivers sanitary towels to underprivileged pupils in Khayelitsha
Cape Town, South Africa, 8 November 2017- 170 excited grade 8 students from Manyano High School, located in Khayelitsha, Cape Town gathered on 20 October 2017 to receive a donation of sanitary pads from Iyeza Health, assisted by the Independent Community Pharmacy Association (ICPA).
“We understand that many young ladies from lower income areas are missing out on vital school time as a result of menstruation and not being able to afford adequate sanitary ware.” said Sizwe Nzima, co-founder of Iyeza Health, the holding company of PillSquad. He continued, “Being a community focused business, originating from Khayelitsha, and with a service offering centred on female family planning, it was a natural decision for PillSquad to tackle this particular issue with our CSI initiative.”
Iyeza Health’s strong ties with the community is a core driver of collaborating with ICPA, an organisation dedicated to being a collective voice for independent, owner-managed pharmacies at government and corporate engagement, and representing the consumers interests at these levels. In joining forces, Nzima said he hoped that this would encourage more community pharmacies to consider supporting the cause.
While beneficiaries of donations in the past have primarily been grade 11 and 12 students, Nokuzola Magaza, principal at Manyano High School, specifically requested that the latest donation was made available to those in grade 8. This group has been identified as being most at risk to absence, as a result of still adjusting to having a menstrual cycle and without the necessary sanitary ware to keep them feeling confident at school.
Their appreciation was confirmed as two of the grade 8 pupils stood up to deliver speeches of thanks to PillSquad and the ICPA for their contribution, stating how the initiative had a positive impact on their lives. They often could not afford to buy sanitary towels themselves, and welcomed the opportunity to continue their education despite having a period.
The initiative is currently being funded by a portion of proceeds generated by PillSquad subscriptions. While the CSI initiative has only recently been launched to Cape Town based schools, PillSquad has ambitious objectives to donate more than 10,000 sanitary towel packs across South Africa in 2018.