Promoting safe menstrual hygiene

In Nigeria, many young girls face challenges regarding menstrual hygiene. According to available data, about 65% of Nigerian women and girls cannot afford menstrual products. This high cost of sanitary products often leads to using unhygienic materials during menstruation. In addition, cultural taboos surrounding menstruation prevent girls from openly discussing the topic, leading to a lack of education and understanding. To address this issue, GCAF has taken the initiative to educate teenage girls on menstruation and menstrual hygiene. The organization is partnering with schools to provide information on menstrual hygiene and promote positive hygiene habits. GCAF will also provide menstrual supplies, including sanitary products and soaps, to schools in selected communities. It is crucial to create awareness of the importance of practicing good menstrual hygiene. Poor menstrual hygiene can lead to health challenges such as infections and reproductive health issues. In Nigeria, women who menstruate use over 11,000 disposable menstrual products in their lifetime, highlighting the need for accessible and affordable menstrual products. Through these interventions, GCAF hopes to break menstrual taboos, increase access to menstrual supplies and education, and empower young girls to navigate their menstrual cycle confidently. Encouraging healthy habits and supporting young girls is essential to ensure they have a positive and healthy relationship with their bodies.

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