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ARFH Organizes Menstrual Hygiene Management and Re-usable Sanitary Pads Production for 33 Adolescent Girls in Lagos State

Menstrual hygiene is a critical aspect of health and well-being, yet it remains a topic shrouded in silence and stigma in many parts of our society. Through our USAID/Nigeria funded ICHSSA-2 project, we trained 33 Adolescent Girls pooled from 11 project LGAs in Lagos State on how to use locally sourced materials to produce low-cost re-usable sanitary pads.

While speaking, the ICHSSA-2 Director of Finance and Operations, Mr Ayeni Omoniyi Oluwagbemiga noted that initiative aligns perfectly with the goals of the Integrated Child Health and Social Services Award (ICHSSA-2) project and USAID. “Our focus on reusable sanitary pads is particularly significant. These pads are not only cost-effective but also environmentally friendly, offering a sustainable alternative to disposable products. By learning how to produce these pads, we are taking a step towards self-sufficiency and environmental stewardship.” Mr Ayeni said.

The Program Officer for HES/PPP, Ms Kemi Obalisa took the participants through the “Importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management, Best practices and Challenges”. Similarly, the Finance Officer, Mrs Titilayo Odeyemi engaged the participants on the topic “peer-to-peer menstrual health education”.

Our 2 experienced facilitators – Ms. Blessing Ogbe and Ms. Adebimpe Adebara did a good job by walking the participants step-by-step through the production of re-usable sanitary pads. Each of the 33 partcipants were provided with a re-usable sanitary pad making kit courtesy of USAID/Nigeria.

By empowering young people with the knowledge and skills to manage their menstrual health, we are fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. This training further supports USAID’s goals of reducing poverty, improving health outcomes, and promoting gender equality.

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