Sanitary Hygiene Education for Young Girls
In June 2020, Vaccine Network for Disease Control (VNDC) and Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) teamed up to inspire, educate and equip adolescent girls in the Gosa community on Menstrual Hygiene. It was a very informative, fun and educative event thanks to Madam Jumai of IHVN, who personally addressed the girls on menstrual hygiene, and the dangers of not adhering to it.
As at 8:30 AM on the 23rd of June 2020, the enthusiastic girls were already at the venue for the event, which was scheduled for 9:00 AM. The girls were excited to see the team, who were also happy to meet them.
The Vaccine Network is no stranger to the girls as they have been previously sensitized on gender norms, HIV awareness and prevention, as well as life skills through the NGO’s Adolescent and Young Women Forum. This forum is one of the interventions of the NGO in Gosa community which is one of the 30 communities in AMAC, FCT that VNDC implements sustainable interventions. Most of these girls were also previous beneficiaries of the vocational skills acquisition program implemented by the NGO.
The event was opened by Mrs Chika Offor, CEO of Vaccine Network for Disease Control, who introduced the guests.
Madam Jumai of Institute of Human Virology took the stage to address the children on the changes and development that most of them were already experiencing. She praised the woman’s body and acknowledged that every woman is beautifully and carefully made. She also stated that menstruating is a normal thing and one should not panic when she experiences it.
Madam Jumai further stated that during the period of their monthly flow, they should ensure cleanliness by taking their bath regularly and properly. She also encouraged the girls to use Sanitary Pads, and if they could not afford them, to use clean clothes, and avoid the use of tissue paper. She was emphatic about social vices and how people can take advantage of these adolescent girls; and pleaded with them not to fall victim to myths related to sanitary hygiene or preying boys/men who may want to take advantage of their economic status.
The girls were so excited to ask questions and each girl was given a special package comprising of:
- 20-piece sanitary pad
- Hand sanitizer
- Writing materials
- Nail cutter
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