Hello folks, thanks for joining us on the blog again today. As you know, we love to bring you story of wonderful people who are doing awesome stuff to make life better for people in their respective communities. Our report today comes in all the way from Kogi State, North Central Nigeria, where HEAL For Africa Initiative, a non governmental organization advocating in the areas of health, quality livelihood, empowerment and education especially for the Nigeria girl child, has successfully flagged off another project called Pay Attention To Her (PATH). Read and be inspired.
HEAL For Africa Initiative, a non governmental organization known for their advocacy in the areas of health, quality livelihood, empowerment and education especially for the girl child, has successfully flagged off another project called Pay Attention To Her (PATH).
According to the Founder of HEAL For Africa Initiative Dr. Kelechi Okoro,this project will
focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of girls and women, reorienting and
enlightening them about all female health issues. The PATH project has taken off with menstrual hygiene education and distribution of free sanitary pads and hygiene products for secondary schools.
Dr. Okoro, speaking at the launch with over 300 girls at Al Ansar Secondary School, New Layout Lokoja, Kogi state the medical expert espoused on the ills of seeing menstruation by young girls as disgraceful, shameful and dirty. She acknowledged that young school girls have limited access to
affordable sanitary materials, and this leads to them resorting to unhygienic options that increases their risk of having infections that may affect their reproduction in future. She also used the medium to thoroughly educate them on self confidence and self awareness.
Our advocacy goes beyond menstrual hygiene education and donation of free sanitary pads. We are advocating for the use of more sustainable means for these girls. Manufacturers should produce more eco-friendly reusable cloth pads so as the reduce the financial burden of having to buy disposable pads every month. there is also the need to provide a more hygienic means for the girls. However, the effort will be counter productive if there are no WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) in the schools.”
Several top government functionaries and seasoned keynote speakers were on ground to contribute to the program. Among them was the Chairman Board of Trustees of HEAL For Africa who also doubles as the Chief Press Secretary to the Kogi State Governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti Onyegbule, inspired the participants to become self confident and dissuaded them from being sober and sad when they find themselves menstruating especially for the first time when mistakes of being stained occurs, saying “Do not feel ashamed, Period is Period, Period!”. Mrs Onyegbule spoke extensively on “Empowering the Girl Child and Her Role in Nation Building”.
Also in attendance at the event was the Secretary to the Kogi State Government, Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike(PhD), Dr. Attah Ahmed, the Special Adviser on Health to Kogi State Governor and Mrs. Musa Mimi Sandra, the Senior Special Assistant on Women and Children Development to Kogi State Governor. The program was wrapped with goodwill messages from Queen Sarah Yusuf, the Publisher of Xera Magazine, Miss Aliyu Rufia, the Teen Ambassador of the PATH Project and Principal of the host school, Alhaji Gimba Ibrahim.