Chikwawa, Scores of people on Friday converged at Phwadzi Primary School Ground in the area of Senior Chief Chapananga to commemorate Menstrual Hygiene Management Day.
Head of Health at Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) Dan Kapokosola Banda said commemorations are held annually on May 28 to highlight the importance of good menstrual hygiene management.
You may agree with me that girls are disadvantaged somehow when it comes to menstrual issues with regard to equal access to education between them and their male counterparts.
One study report indicated that girls lose 16 days of their school term due to menstruation, Banda said.
To this effect, Banda said MRCS intends to build latrines with change rooms for girls.
We are working with MRCS community based volunteers as well as Mother Groups so that girls have right information about menstrual and that they have skills to make reusable pads, Banda said.
Chikwawa District Council Director of Planning and Development (DPD) Douglas Moffat hailed MRCS for conducting the event in the district and reaching out to rural people with menstrual hygiene management messages.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Chikwawa West Constituency Susan Dossi bemoaned that often girls fail to attend classes when in their periods.
Some girls have dropped out of school while many others have stopped going to school because they lack sanitary pads.
I want to encourage girls that menstruation shouldn’t stop them from being in school, said Dossi, who was guest of honour.
She, however, hailed the project that will teach girls how to make their own reusable sanitary pads.
The event was commemorated under the theme: Menstruation matters to everyone, everywhere.
Source: MANA Online