In Kenya, Twinings has been working with BSR’s HERhealth project since 2016. Through peer health educators, the project has provided thousands of women tea workers and farmers with information on reproductive health and family planning, sexually transmitted infections, menstrual hygiene, pre- and post-natal care, nutrition, and non-communicable diseases.
We have seen significant improvements in use of family planning methods, awareness of HIV transmission from mother to child and an increase in tendency to seek access to medical facilities. This not only helps women to be healthier, but also enables them to live an empowered life. There are benefits for farms as well, with less absenteeism, increased productivity and better relationships between workers and management.
We have also been partnering with producers, BSR’s HERproject and the UN Foundation’s Universal Access Project (since 2019) to advocate for, invest in, and implement women’s health initiatives in the workplace and co-hosted workshops to encourage producers to integrate new approaches within their own systems and procedures.