Photo credit: Joni Kabana
Mekelle University – one of the largest secular universities in Ethiopia – is Dignity Period’s on-the-ground research and distribution partner.
Mekelle University was founded in 2000 by the merger of two existing educational institutions, Mekelle Business College and Mekelle University College. The University has grown rapidly. As of 2015, Mekelle has over 30,000 students enrolled in seven colleges, eight institutes, and more than 90 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs. The University includes a College of Business and Economics, a College of Law and Governance, a College of Veterinary Medicine, and programs in agriculture, education, environmental and earth sciences, among others. The Mekelle University College of Health Sciences is based at Ayder Referral Hospital in Mekelle, which is the second-largest hospital in Ethiopia.
The motto of Mekelle University is “We Really Care,” and the university has demonstrated its commitment to public service by partnering with Dignity Period and the Mariam Seba Sanitary Products Factory. Through their extensive networks, they will be delivering sanitary pads to schools for girls. In addition, their anthropologists and global health researchers are exploring the cultural beliefs and social attitudes around menstruation in rural Ethiopia to understand how to create positive, long-term change.