The Catholic relief Services (CRS), as part of its commitment to the course of management of menstrual hygiene in schools and communities, has provided infrastructure worth GHC 20.790,000 to three districts in the Upper East and Northern regions.
The infrastructure includes 304 gender friendly latrines with changing rooms and mini incinerators for girls in Basic Schools for the West Mamprusi and Mamprugu Moagduri Districts in the Northeast Regions and the Talensi District of the Upper East Region.
Mr Daniel Mumuni, the Country Director of CRS, revealed this at this year’s commemoration of Menstrual Hygiene Day held in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region with stakeholders.
The districts also benefited from 23 bathrooms, training of local dress makers in the production of and sale of reusable sanitary pads which inured to production of 1,312 sanitary pads for sale in communities and schools.
On capacity building trainings, Mr Mumuni said 629 Water, Sanitation and Hygiene school health mentors and 118 WASH clubs had been trained in participatory health and hygiene education including menstrual hygiene management.
“To further demonstrate our commitment, CRS is collaborating with the Naa Adole Foundation, a non- profit organization to donate 672 packs of menstrual pads and 200 books totaling GHC 9,000 as part of this year’s menstrual hygiene day,” he said.
He urged other partners to initiate concrete actions to back their commitments.
Mr Thomas Duanab, Talensi District Chief Executive, urged stakeholders to support mothers in rural communities to help their daughters in the management of menstruation and especially solutions for disposal of sanitary pads in communities.
A message from the Naa Adole Foundation reiterated the need for inclusion of sanitary pads in times of disaster risks to support victims especially girls and women.
“We often donate buckets, blankets, mattresses, mats, and plates to victims of disasters and leave out sanitary pads,” the message read.