Group supports CIKDAS with free sanitary pads for Ekiti school girls
To advocate for free sanitary pads in Nigeria and promote hygienic menstrual periods for young girls/women mostly those in need; AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF Nigeria) recently collaborated with the Centre for Indigenous knowledge Development and Sustainability (CIKDAS) to give free sanitary pads to selected school girls in Ekiti State.
Leading the team of community advocates that distributed the sanitary pads to school girls in seven different schools in the state, Princess Jumoke Owoola, who is the Project Director of CIKDAS, noted that inability of the girls to have free access to sanitary pads has posed a bigger problems on many occasion, and efforts from organisations like AHF (Nigeria) is one of the best ways to solve them.
“Though Ekiti State government is ahead of many states on sanitary pad education and free supply of pads to those in need, getting supports from organisations and interventions of non governmental organisations will go a long way in realising the desired efforts,” she said.
In a telephone chat, Mr. Steve Aborisade who is the AHF (Nigeria) Advocacy and Marketing Manager, revealed that his organisation is out to highlight the importance of menstrual hygiene management with the sole purpose of providing young females of menstruating age with free sanitary pads.
Going further, Aborisade also remarked that there is need to support young girls and woman in order to improve their healthy life and sanitary condition.
In all, seven schools were visited and 240 students benefited from the gesture.
Expressing appreciation for the items, one of the girls who was menstruating during the advocacy visit, said the timely intervention would not just saved her pocket money for the month, but will also go a long way in making charity work a priority in the journey of her life.
“Yes I was given just a packet that will last me for this month, the assurance that I will have my pocket money intact and maintain a hygienic period will be evergreen in my memory,” she said.