Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, Every Child is a Star Foundation and WaterWide say they have trained 150 women and girls on the production of reusable sanitary pads in Sabon Wuse, Niger State, northcentral Nigeria.
Founder of Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation, Ololade Ogunnubi, disclosed this during a workshop for promoting menstrual hygiene among women and girls.
Reusable sanitary pads provide women and young girls with better alternatives to implement proper menstrual hygiene.
According to Ogunnubi, the initiative is a response to a research that was carried out to ascertain the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs of communities in the Tafa local government area of the state.
‘We found that they do not have adequate knowledge on water, sanitation and hygiene practices, as well as how to take care of themselves during menstruation’, she said.
‘We decided to come to the community to put them through and let them know that hygiene practices can put them at risk of contracting all forms of diseases.
‘We are going to be talking with them on gender-based violence and how to report such cases when they are violated.
In his remarks, Chief Executive of WaterWide, Wilson Atumeyi, stressed the importance of educating women and girls in rural communities on how to maintain menstrual hygiene.
‘We want them to understand what best WASH practices mean as it is in line with the current [Covid-19] pandemic ravaging the world’, he said.
For his part, the Community Head, Hashimu Lawal, applauded the organisations for bringing the initiative to their community, adding that it will play a crucial role in improving the health of women and girls.
Photo source: Lola Cater for the Needy Foundation