Burkina Faso/Menstrual hygiene management: Save The Children trains 300 teenagers in Kaya
The non-governmental organization (NGO) Save The Children, as part of its Adolescent Transition in West Africa (ATWA) project, and in collaboration with the associations "Palobdé", "Zood Nooma pour le développement (AZND)" and its partner establishments, initiated a training session on menstrual hygiene management for 300 adolescent girls in the city of Kaya, Centre-North region, on Saturday, May 20, 2023. The aim is to improve the knowledge of teenagers on the healthy management of their menstruation.
This training and awareness session of the NGO Save The Children and its partners for 300 teenagers from the city of Kaya, comes as a prelude to the commemoration of the World Menstrual Hygiene Day, celebrated every May 28 in the world. It is part of the implementation of its project "Adolescent Transition in West Africa" (ATWA). The objective of Save The Children, by initiating this activity, is to improve the knowledge of these adolescents on the management of menstrual hygiene. It is held under the theme: "Menstruation, let's talk about it without taboos".
For the president of the association "Palobdé", Roseline Kiendrebéogo, "menstruation" is a question of human dignity For the president of the association "Palobdé", Roseline Kiendrebéogo, "menstruation" is a question of human dignity on which everyone should engage so that girls and women have access to appropriate menstrual hygiene, at all times and in all places. In this sense, she said, several activities are conducted at the level of her association. The main activity is the sensitization of students. This, so that they can have information on menstruation, how to manage them, how to calculate them. "We also train other women's associations on the same theme. The message has already been passed on through the mobilization of students, school representatives and authorities in charge of education," she said.
According to Alain K. Somé, Save The Children's Project Manager in Kaya, the NGO is committed to the promotion of the project. Somé, the NGO is committed to fighting stigma, exclusion and discrimination related to menstruation and to improving the knowledge, skills and attitudes of women.To do so, he revealed, the NGO has committed itself to fight against stigmatization, exclusion and discrimination related to menstruation and to improve knowledge, skills and programs in menstrual hygiene management for the benefit of girls and especially students. To do this, he revealed, Save The Children's programs focus on four main areas. These are: family life education in schools with the support of the Ministry of Education; the provision of sanitary towels and menstrual health items as well as the provision of education on menstrual hygiene.The provincial director of national education, Mr. Koumba, said that the project was a good example of how to improve the quality of life of women in the region and to improve the quality of life of women.
The provincial director of national education in Sanmatenga, Gabriel Sawadogo, welcomed the initiative. He also said that the Ministry of Education and its partners have taken on the mission of providing the necessary amenities to young people in schools. However, it is undeniable that the ministry alone will not succeed, according to him. That is why he expressed his sincere thanks and encouragement to the NGO Save The Children for organizing this activity. "I hope that this event will be the first of a long series of other events of this magnitude, which will affect all students in the North-Central region," he hoped.
For their part, students from primary, post-primary and secondary schools sent a message to the entire national community. Through the voice of Ashley Michelle P. Nombré, they made commitments but also suggestions and recommendations to the educational authorities: "We must inform ourselves to understand that the phenomenon of menstruation is natural and periodic in the lives of girls and women. We must know how to have good hygiene regularly during menstruation and how to keep our living environment clean and safe. We need to sensitize our peers to support girls in their menstrual hygiene, we need to advocate with educational authorities and decision makers in our respective localities so that schools can be equipped with the necessary tools and equipment to ensure that girls are able to maintain their hygiene.We must advocate with educational authorities and decision makers in our respective localities so that schools have adapted toilets and water points for a good hygienic management of menstruation," summarized Ashley Michelle P. Nombré.