Commemorating MHM Day By Driving Inclusion in Menstruation

Procter and Gamble and Tabitha Cumi Foundation commemorated this year’s Menstrual Hygiene Day at the Abuja School for the Deaf, Kuje in attendance was the Senior Manager Nigeria and Africa Expansion Markets, for Procter and Gamble Mr. Ridwan Sorunke who gave a welcome address and announced that Always sanitary pads will be supplied to 100 girls from the School for 1 year after which the Executive Director Tabitha Cumi Foundation Arc Adetayo Erinle in a welcome remark, gave a brief overview of the AKGIS project and it’s interventions so far.

She stated that the project had built the capacity of Guidance Counsellors & peer mentors from 20 AKGIS schools in FCT and 10 schools in Ogun State including the recently concluded TOT training for Guidance Counsellors from Abuja School for the deaf as part of the project’s inclusion exercise. Different presentations were made by the girls which include the Girls declaration, drama presentation, cultural dance display and good will messages by stakeholders present.

The event was attended by stakeholders, Procter and Gamble team, TCF team, Mrs. Joy Aderele the Senior Technical Advisor (STC), World bank, Hajia Maimuna Mani Yangora the representative of the Director General National Center for Women’s Development stakeholders from different INGO’s, CSO’s and Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government including the Ministry of Women Affairs, National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, FCT Universal Basic Education Board, Nigerian Girls Guide Association, teachers, and students from the Abuja school for the Deaf and three AKGIS schools with guidance counsellors.

On the 30th of May 2022, the TCF team commemorated the 2022 Menstrual Hygiene Day at the just commissioned LEA Kuchiko – Ija Primary School in Niger State supported by FLOKI. The team sensitized selected girls from primary 1-6 on Puberty, Menstruation, Menstrual cycle and how to manage and properly dispose of sanitary pads.

Practical demonstrations were held on how to use a sanitary pad and the menstrual cycle beads. At the end of the session, the girls were asked to demonstrate what was taught and these demonstrations showed that they understood the training. Selected girls who had started their menstruation were given the Menstrual Hygiene Kit while other girls were given sanitary pads.

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