‘Prioritise menstrual health education in schools’

‘Prioritise menstrual health education in schools’

Ms Nkrumah Abamfo(squatting) in a pose with some school girls and organisers

Menstrual health education must be prioritised in schools to ensure young girls are well-in­formed to promote menstrual hygiene, the Administrative Assistant, For The Future Ghana (FTF Ghana), Maame Esi Nkrumah Abamfo, has said.

And to ensure proper feminine hygiene in Ghana, especially among de­prived girls, she added it was essential to promote access to sanitary products and provide facilities for proper sani­tation.

“Removing taxes on these essential products can help make them more af­fordable and accessible to all, promote better menstrual hygiene practices and overall well-being among girls and women,” she stressed.

She was optimistic that advocacies towards improving access and afford­ability for girls and women in the country would yield results.

As part of their Empower Her Men­strual Health Initiative, FTF Ghana donated 100 feminine hygiene products to 100 students at Bishop Girls Basic School at Accra Central (Makola).

The group also used the occasion to discuss menstrual health issues with the participants while engaging them in very relevant challenges young girls faced during such period.

They also held discussions on mental health and wellness while encouraging young girls to strive to achieve great­er things and contribute to national development.

The initiative, she said, would continue throughout the year as 1000s of sanitary pads would be needed to support young girls especially in rural areas.

Sharing light on that, the FTF Gha­na Founder, Kezia Sanie said, “many women and girls in the rural areas we visited still resort to using cloths and tissue paper during their periods in 2024. Adolescent girls shared how they had to skip school and perform chores, like fetching water, to earn money for sanitary pads. This severely impacts their school attendance and educa­tion.”

“To help in our own little way, we distributed over 27,000 sanitary pads to keep the girls in school for a year. However, we are far from solving the issue of period poverty and the lack of comprehensive menstrual education,” she stressed.

By Michael D. Abayateye

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