A non-governmental organization, Mustard Seed Organization (MSO), has commenced the monthly distribution of 100 menstrual hygiene packs to adolescent girls across colleges in Nigeria
The program dubbed Menstrual Health Management (MHM) is in line with the organization’s mission of eradicating period poverty in sub-Saharan and many African countries.
According to Mr. Innocent Ofoma, Director of Mustard Seed Organization, “All over Nigeria and Africa, millions of girls won’t go to school because they have their period and don’t have access to menstrual hygiene products.”
In the last couple of months, MSO has equipped adolescent college girls in the southeast, southwest, and south-south regions of the country with the tools they need to manage their menstrual period and safely navigate puberty.
Some of the schools that are beneficiaries of Mustard Seed’s MHM program include Community Secondary School, Nando, Anambra State; Idepe High School, Okitipupa, Ondo State.
Others are Community Girls Secondary School, Nembe, Bayelsa State; Nnewi Girls Secondary School, Nnewi, Anambra State; and Nembe National Grammar School, Nembe, Bayelsa State.
“Given the multiple challenges adolescent girls and women face, especially in sub-Sahara and other African countries, it is evident that promoting menstrual hygiene management and distributing monthly menstrual hygiene packs is not just a health issue but also an important step towards safeguarding overall life improvement for girls and women. It is a call to dignity, rights, and empowerment,” a post on the organization’s Facebook page read.
Apart from the distribution of the hygiene packs, the NGO also sensitizes schoolgirls and women on menstrual health management to prevent environmental hazards associated with the indiscriminate disposition of used sanitary pads.
So far, the organization has distributed 1,650 menstrual hygiene packs to schoolgirls in Nigeria and Uganda.