Medical student founds a charity to end period poverty in the region

Kate Rahnejat, a 4th year medical student, has been successful in securing charitable organisation status for Menstruation Matters, aimed at ending period poverty in the region. Following work she carried out as part of her 3rd year Social Accountability placement, she has worked to secure funding, including a generous donation from Lush, to set up an organisation aimed at distributing donated sanitary products to women and girls who have been subject to domestic violence and abuse. As well as collecting donated products, the organisation hold awareness raising sessions with local girlguiding units and provide workshops on making plastic-free, reuseable sanitary items. The Academic Unit of Medical Education are proud to support this initiative and its roots in the Social Accountability work our students do, with our Dean, Deborah Murdoch-Eaton, stating, “such a wonderful example of our innovative students demonstrating their commitment to make a difference in people’s lives. I am beyond proud!”.