The first edition of the Menstrual Health Day Celebration was held on Tuesday 28th May 2024 at the Breman Methodist Church of Ghana, Asankrangwa.

The Gender Desk at the Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, Ghana Health Service and Cocoboard, organized the first edition of the International Menstrual Health Day Celebration. The theme for the celebration was, “Making Menstruation a Priority among the Girl Child; Ending Menstrual Stigma in the Public Schools”.

The entire student in the public schools in Breman together with some of the teachers and parents gathered at the church premises at exactly 10 am where the program began.

The Education Director Mrs. Elizabeth Amefa Fiagome, in her speech, encouraged every girl child to embrace menstruation with happiness as it is part of the nature of females and advised them to maintain personal hygiene during and after their period. She also encouraged every girl child not to stay away from school during their period as it draws back their academic but resort to the use of sanitary pads and other menstrual equipment aimed at keeping them clean for longer hours to enable them study.

Miss Naomi Krakue, the gender desk representative from the municipal assembly also advised that, every school should have sanitary pads in their first aid box, so that in case a student get their period unexpectedly in school, she can be assisted with one. She advised every teacher not to shy away female student when they are on their period and make complains to them about pains and not having money to buy sanitary pads.

As part of the celebration, student were taken through personal hygiene practices and safe and effective ways to dispose sanitary pads after usage by Madam Sophia Donkor(Midwife) and Madam Emelia Asantewa(Midwife). After, demonstration on how to use modern day sanitary pads as well as our traditional ways of using cloth was shown by the resource person.

After, sanitary pads were distributed to each student present at the celebration and boxes of sanitary pads were also given to the schools to be placed in their first aid box.

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