World Menstrual Hygiene Day aims to create awareness and change negative perception around menstrual hygiene, initiated by a German –Based NGO WASH United in 2014, it aims to benefit women worldwide while date 28th of May was selected to acknowledge that 28 days is the average length of the menstrual cycle.

Menstrual Hygiene management can be particularly challenging for girls and women in developing countries who have no proper access to information or facilities. Furthermore, traditional cultures make the topic a taboo, not to be discussed, making it further difficult for them to address the issue. The day was celebrated to highlight the importance of menstrual care and aims to raise awareness about the social issues and challenges faced by women during menstruation.  It also highlights how many women don’t have access to sanitary products and care.

This year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day was celebrated on 30th May, 2021 at Prabon D/A Junior High School by the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development in collaboration with the Bosomtwe Development Foundation on the worlds theme “Making Menstrual a normal fact of life by 2030”, which aims to contribute in achieving an overarching goal to build a world by 2030 where no one is held back because they menstruate. Bosomtwe took the sub-theme “We are committed to creating a Ghana where every girl has period friendly”.

The programme started at 10:30am at the premises of the school. Health personnel from the Bosomtwe District Health Directorate gave the talk for the day in the person of Miss Gifty Gyamfi. She explained Menstruation, or period, to the pupil as a normal vaginal bleeding that occurs as part of a woman’s monthly cycle. Every month, your body prepares for pregnancy. If no pregnancy occurs, the uterus, or womb, sheds its lining. The menstrual blood is partly blood and partly tissue from inside the uterus. She ended the speech by asking questions from the pupils and were all answered.

Social Development Officer in the person of Mr. Adusei Amponsah took the opportunity to advised the pupil not to laugh at their colleague ladies when they notice such changes.  He also cautioned them to be very careful whenever they start their menstruation because it goes with pregnancy.

There was a demonstration on how to wear pad during menstruation and also a presentation of sanitary pads to the school by the Bosomtwe Development Foundation Mr. Adusei Amponsah and Mr. Adom Kofi Ernest did the presentation on behalf of the Assembly and the Foundation and the Headmistress for the School took the present on behalf of the schools. A total of five hundred (500) sanitary pads were distributed to the young girls in the schools.

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