School Pupils watching their colleagues washing their hands with soap and running water.
School Pupils watching their colleagues washing their hands with soap and running water.

It was on the theme:”Menstrual Hygiene Management interventions in schools for the girl-child: Successes, challenges and way forward.”

CRS, which is the charity wing of the Catholic Community organised the symposium in collaboration with the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene(WASH) Centre of the University for Development Studies (UDS) and Desert Research Institute(DRI).

The symposium, brought together WASH-Focused non-governmental organisations(NGOs), academics and governmental stakeholders.

Mr Chris Ozar, Country Representative of the CRS said the main objective of the symposium was to create a platform for sharing and expanding knowledge on hygiene among the youth.

Menstrual hygiene management is an important segment of the larger challenges Ghana had faced in the WASH sector and therefore access to clean water and sanitation is integral to good health and wellness.

Apart from that, a UNICEF statistics revealed that 70 per cent of households in northern Ghana have no access to toilets and fewer than 15 per cent of households have hand washing machines, while water is estimated at 89 per cent nationwide.

“Bringing together a diverse group of experts and professionals in the WASH sector creates a sense of collaboration and this is what moves the sector forward and events like this symposium are a stepping stone for the future of WASH in Ghana,” he added.

Dr Braimah Apambire, Director of DRI Centre for International Water and Sustainability said government, NGOs and other stakeholders working towards the socio-economic development of Ghana understand the essence of keeping girls in school hence such interventions.

He said research had shown that there was positive correlations between the time girls spend in school and delayed marriage, improved maternal health, child survival and income potential and therefore the interactions would enhance the chances of girls positively.

He said a recent research conducted by the CRS, UDS and the DRI indicated that only 52 per cent of girls are comfortable managing their menstrual period at school and the convening actors are working assiduously to accelerate support to girls in schools.

Other presentations were led by Ghana Education Services, School of Health and Education programme(SHEP), Camfed and Hope for Future Generations.

Source: GNA/News Ghana

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