Telecel Ghana Foundation; Touching Lives, Empowering Women on World Menstrual Hygiene Day

In a concerted effort to promote menstrual hygiene and empower young women, the Telecel Ghana Foundation, in collaboration with Touching the Lives of Girls Foundation International, organized a two-day event at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. The event, attended by over 5000 female students from secondary and tertiary institutions in Kumasi, marked the observance of World Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28th.

World Menstrual Hygiene Day serves as a global reminder of the importance of maintaining proper hygiene during menstruation to safeguard women’s health. It aims to eliminate the social taboos surrounding menstruation and promote awareness about the significance of good menstrual hygiene practices.

The choice of May 28th for this day is symbolic, representing the average length of a menstrual cycle. Under its connected health program, the Telecel Ghana Foundation emphasized the critical need for education and access to hygienic products to enable girls and women to manage menstruation with dignity.

This initiative seeks to create a conducive learning environment for female students by addressing the challenges associated with menstrual hygiene. Head of the Telecel Ghana Foundation’s Sustainability and External Communications, Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson, reaffirmed the foundation’s dedication to this cause.

She emphasized the importance of empowering young women through education and resources, emphasizing that it is fundamental to building a healthier and more equitable society. Rockson stated, “Our commitment to promoting menstrual hygiene is not just about health; it’s about dignity, education, and breaking down barriers that prevent girls from reaching their full potential.

We are proud to support initiatives that break the silence and create a period-friendly world.” Senior Medical Officer in the Department of Psychiatry at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Dr. Amo-Mensah Adjoa Peprah, delivered a poignant speech during the event.

Dr. Peprah shed light on the correlation between menstrual hygiene and menstrual health, underscoring the importance of proper hygiene practices in promoting overall well-being among women. The collaborative efforts of the Telecel Ghana Foundation and Touching the Lives of Girls Foundation International reflect a shared commitment to advancing menstrual hygiene awareness and empowering women and girls across Ghana.

Through initiatives like these, strides are being made towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for women’s health and education.