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Girls need help with menstrual hygiene - WaterAid

BY: Esther Omoha
Mr Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed,Country Director,Water Aid Ghana delivering his welcome address
Mr Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed,Country Director,Water Aid Ghana delivering his welcome address

Adolescence in girls signifies the transition from girlhood to womanhood. Good menstrual hygiene is crucial for the health, education and dignity of girls and women. This is an important sanitation issue which has long been in the closet; and there is a long-standing need to openly discuss it.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) reaffirms its position that comprehensive sexuality education is part of the skills-based health education that young people require.

It says puberty should not be taught in isolation, rather it should be delivered through a developmentally appropriate skills-based health education curriculum framework that starts as early as age five and continues into young adulthood.

Menstrual hygiene

A research by WaterAid Ghana (WAG) has underscored the need for the provision of the needed water and hygienic facilities in schools to help deal effectively with the issue of menstrual hygiene.

The findings of the research, which were presented at the ‘’WASH in Schools’’ programme, a school Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) advocacy programme, in Accra last Thursday, further revealed that girls needed a lot of attention and support to be properly enlightened on issues concerning menstruation.

It further indicated the importance of educating girls on menstruation, so as to enable them to lead healthy reproductive lives in future. 

The Country Director of WAG, Mr Abdul-Nashiru Mohammed, said the lack of water facilities in schools negatively affected academic performance of the girl-child.

‘’When girls go through their menstrual cycle, they find it very difficult and uncomfortable to go to school; so they rather stay at home,’’ he said.

He added that due to the long period of absenteeism from school, the academic performance of such girls was negatively affected.

Parents’ support

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