Menstrual Hygiene Awareness For Girls
This training and awareness outreach on Menstrual Hygiene at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Abeokuta, Ogun State is to further advance public knowledge and education particularly for teenagers about menstrual hygiene.
Menstruation and menstrual practices still face many social, cultural, and religious restrictions which are a big barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management. In many parts of the country especially in rural areas, girls are not prepared and aware about menstruation so they face many difficulties and challenges at home, schools, and work places.
In rural areas, women do not have access to sanitary products or know very little about the types and method of using them or are unable to afford such products due to high cost. So they rely mostly on reusable cloth pads which they wash and use again.
Needs and requirements of the adolescent girls and women are ignored despite the fact that there are major developments in the area of water and sanitation. Women manage menstruation differently when they are at home or outside; at homes, they dispose of menstrual products in domestic wastes and in public toilets and they flush them in the toilets without knowing the consequences of choking. So, there should be a need to educate and make them aware about the environmental pollution and health hazards associated with them. Implementation of modern techniques like incineration can help to reduce the waste. Also, awareness should be created to emphasize the use of reusable sanitary products or the natural sanitary products made from materials like banana fibre, bamboo fibre, sea sponges, water hyacinth, and so on.