University of Split’s Student Union launched the "Healthy University" project, which was presented, on November 4 at the University Department of Health Studies, by Tomislav Milošević, Student Union president, prof. Nikola Koceić-Bilan Ph.D., University of Split’s vice-rector, prof. Stipan Janković Ph.D., University Department of Health Studies’ head, and Matea Dolić, Department of Midwifery’s deputy head.
As Tomislav Milošević explained, part of the project is the "Menstrual health" program, which secured 24 thousand sanitary pads, that will be available in dispensers placed in ladies’ toilets at all University of Split’s components, free for female students.
- The goal of this project is to point to menstrual poverty, because few female students can afford an adequate amount of menstrual supplies every month - said Student Union president, Tomislav Milošević, announcing that this is also the beginning of greater cooperation between the Teaching Institute for Public Health, Student Union and the University of Split, with the aim of establishing comprehensive health care for students, which will include gynecological, psychological and dental care.
The University of Split provided unreserved support for this project, and vice-rector Koceić-Bilan asserted that with this initiative, the student standard, particularly in terms of health care, is being raised to a higher level.
- In addition to scientific success and excellent rankings, what makes this University special are students, about 20 thousand of them - said vice-rector Koceić-Bilan, asserting that the "Menstrual Health" program provides an additional boost to make our society more open and advanced, and more sensitive to women's issues.
Head Janković expressed his satisfaction that the first dispenser with free pads was installed at University Department of Health Studies, which has the opportunity to implement and promote public health actions that contribute to better health of both students and society as a whole.
- Less than 10 percent of the employed population has sufficient financial resources to buy and afford hygiene necessities each month. Therefore, if we take into account students who come to our university from different areas, it is clear how much of a financial challenge it is for them and their families - Matea Dolić concluded.