Menstrual hygiene: 750 girls receive sanitary pads in Central Tongu

The girls were educated on how to use pads and health tips to observe when menstruating

More than 700 girls in Central Tongu district have received sanitary pads as part of efforts to improve menstrual hygiene.

The Volta regional based non-governmental organisation (NGO), Emefa Foundation, donated the pads to mark this year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day on the theme “Making menstruation a normal fact of life by 2030.”

The NGO, led by its founder, Yvette Emefa Gbeve, visited Bakpa – a farming and fishing community in the district – on Sunday 28 May. Girls and women, including single mothers, were educated and empowered on menstrual hygiene.

Two hundred and fifty adolescent girls received one pack of sanitary pad each. Togbe Sakpiti V, a divisional chief of Bakpa, thanked the team for the kind gesture.

He appealed to other benevolent people in society to support adolescent girls in the community through regular education and other aid.

The team also visited Mafi-Kumase Senior High School on Monday 29 May where 500 female students also benefited from the donation.

The Central Tongu district education director, Happy Tsifokor, addressing the girls on menstrual hygiene said “menstruation is a season in a girl’s life that indicates that you are a woman, hence needs to be taken as part of your normal life.”

Gbeve said, “There is a need for every girl-child to accept herself as she is and appreciate the fact that ‘bleeding’ once a month is normal.” She encouraged girls to demystify all forms of stigma attached to menstruation.

The assistant headmistress of the school, Theresa Baidoo, thanked the team for choosing Mafi-Kumase Senior High School for the initiative.

The students were educated on how to use pads and health tips to observe when menstruating. They were also urged not to feel less of themselves.


Reporting by Albert Kuzor in the Volta Region



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