GEIG schools girls on menstrual hygiene management

The Girls Education Initiative Ghana (GEIG), a non-governmental organisation has taken students at Accra Wesley Senior High School through menstrual hygiene management.

This is one of the initiatives of the organization to complement nationwide efforts in addressing challenges girls face in managing their menstruation as the world marks menstrual hygiene day on Wednesday.

Ms Nana Boatemaah Hansen, Communications and Development Associate at GEIG identified that the lack of or unavailability of sanitary pads and improper way of disposing used pads as some of the problems girls encounter.GEIG schools girls on menstrual hygiene management | 1

Andrews Lartey, Co-founder and Regional Manager for GEIG observed that menstrual hygiene has effect on women and girls’ reproductive health, ultimately affecting progress on gender equality under the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nana Serwaa Ampem Osei Tutu, a reproductive health/family planning nurse described menstrual hygiene management as the practice of using clean materials to absorb menstrual blood.GEIG schools girls on menstrual hygiene management | 2

She therefore advised that the menstrual blood should be changed privately, safely, hygienically, and as often as needed for the duration of the menstrual cycle.

Touching on some of the challenges women and girls go through, a representative from Faytex, Mary Achieng Ojuka stated that lack of hygienic materials and facilities, particularly in public places, such as schools, workplaces and health centers, could pose a major obstacle to women and girls.GEIG schools girls on menstrual hygiene management | 3

Headmistress of Accra Wesley Girls Senior High, Leticia Bray expressed gratitude to GEIG for organizing the program for her students.

Sanitary pads were shared to the students and some quantity to the school as well. The session at the Accra Wesley Girls Senior High School was in partnership with Faytex pads, P & R Hygiene and Sponsored by Bel Beverages

By Nana Boatemaah Hansen |

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