Adolescent Health Hub (Centre for Adolescent Health and Social Development) on partnership with Medical Women Association of Nigeria (FCT Branch) and Rumuosi Health and Fitness Centre is commemorating this year’s World Menstrual Hygiene Day at Government Secondary School Kabusa, Abuja
To address period poverty among adolescents in underserved communities in, thereby enhancing the attainment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)3 (ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages) and 5 (-achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
This project is poised to achieve the following:
• To increase awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene amongst adolescents in selected communities by 10% by end of intervention.
• To distribute sanitary pads to adolescents in the selected communities.
• To address misconceptions and dispel myths associated with menstruation.
The project objectives will be achieved by:
1. Carrying out pre-assessments and post-assessments among an estimated 200 adolescents, before and after teaching adolescents about their reproductive health, especially menstruation and menstrual hygiene.
2. Empowering over 150 girls with disposable pads
3. Involving adolescent boys and teachers during the training session to get acquainted with what the girls go through during menstruation. The inclusion of boys and teachers in the project design ensures a ‘sustainable support system’ is developed and sustained with the correct information and expertise necessary to cater to adolescent girls
4. Quiz competition on menstruation and menstrual hygiene
5. Customized menstruation and menstrual hygiene awareness T shirt will be presented to quiz competition winners
Actions: Use relationships created with target community to generate data for analysis, thereby contributing to the knowledge of education, health and WASH in Nigeria, Africa and beyond. Harness human capital for evidence gathering, analysis, report writing and dissemination.
POTENTIAL LONG-TERM IMPACT
Menstrual health and hygiene directly affect the full participation of women and girls in society. The right to Menstruation with dignity influences how much women and girls exercise other rights such as the right to education, water, etc. This project will culminate in;
• Ensuring that gender disparity is reduced.
• The respect and the entire exercise of women’s and girl’s human rights.
• Providing support and enabling learning environments for young girls.
• Empowerment of young girls and women to become healthy, educated, and productive individuals and community members at large.
Main Project Beneficiaries
• Adolescents-boys and girls
• School Stakeholders
• Pre-assessment and post-assessment surveys.