Female students of SOS Herman Gmeiner School- Kumasi have benefitted from a day’s sensitization program on menstrual hygiene.
On Tuesday 8th June 2021, executives of the No Business as Usual (NBU) Project reached out to the students (Primary 6, JHS 1, JHS 2 and JHS 3) and educated them on best practices aimed at promoting effective Menstrual Hygiene management.
Other areas of focus were; sensitization on the basic concept of menstrual cycle and nullification of myths and misconceptions associated with menstruation.
It was an extension of the project’s version of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day; held after an earlier engagement with female students of Nuru-Ameen Senior High School on the same subject.
Theme for the event was “Period Not A Shame”.
The reach out was organised through a collaboration between NBU and Naa Adole Foundation ( an NGO).
Speakers at the event were Barikisu Haruna (An NBU Alumini) and Miss Theodora Acquah- Founder of Naa Adole Foundation.
In her presentation on Menstrual Hygiene Management, Miss Theodora Acquah enlightened the students on how to calculate days making up their menstrual cycle, effects of not practicing good menstrual hygiene during menstruation, how to manage menstrual pains, proper disposal of sanitary pads etc.
Speaker Barikisu Haruna also touched on myths associated with menstruation in her presentation.
She falsified misconceptions surrounding the subject by describing them as untrue.
Among them are; if a lady who is in her menstrual period touches a man she will get pregnant, not visiting the stream during menstruation, having an interaction with the opposite sex if one wants her menses to stop etc.
Speaking in an interview, she underlined that most women, even the aged feel uncomfortable sharing their menstrual experiences due to public misconceptions.
“Some keep theirs a secret and will not even share their feelings with their parents”.
“Menstruation is not something shameful. It is an ordinary thing which should be talked about”, she indicated.