Plan International powerd by KCC engages stakeholders in Bauchi to review menstrual hygiene management manual

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By Ude Ogbonnaya Israel

Plan International with supports from Kimberly-Clark Corporation (KCC) have engaged Stakeholders to Review Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Peer Education Manual.

This is part of efforts towards awareness creation and providing the Adolescent girl child with information on Menstrual Hygiene Management in Bauchi State.

Recall that, two weeks ago the Programme objectives anchored on three strategies of Adolescent programming, community influencing, and Community and Mass media messaging was clearly spelt in a start-up workshop of the Project as funded by Kimberly Clark Corporation (KCC).

Afolabi, Ahmed Shola the Project coordinator told Apex News Exclusive that in achieving the Adolescent programming objective, there is need to come up with a peer education manual that would be deployed for use at the communities in engaging with Adolescent girls and Young Women.

He explained the review is important to arrive at a relevant manual whose contents will not deviate from the immediate concern of the target population as it affects Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).

“The reviewing group made up of stakeholders drawn from the states Ministry of Health, Women and Youth Development, Education, youths and sports, representatives from tertiary intuitions in the state including young women, BSPHCDA and BSUBEB came together and agree on what the content of the peer education manual would be;

“So that when we get to the community level engagement, the content will actually speak specifically to the Programme implementation in itself so that it will begin to increase the level of awareness and education as far as Menstrual Hygiene Management is concerned”, Afolabi said.

One of the participants, Bukayia Abulrazaq who also spoke to Apex News Exclusive highlighted the importance of the Project in creating awareness to families on how to handle this natural occurrence for female Adolescents.

“Some of the girls do face heavy flow which means one pack of Sanitary Pad would not be enough because normally it’s six in a pack, and she can finish it within three days, because ideally, you are to change your pad three times in a day, sometimes it will even be heavier, and you might need up to four in a day.

“So, this Pad is needed in excess and Mothers need support from Fathers and providing to the a Family as it is a basic necessity for the girl child, she added.

Also speaking, a student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, Yusuf Jemimah Maina said her expectations is to have a broadened knowledge of Menstrual Hygiene Management and how to contribute her quota to the immediate community especially among young people.

She added that her odd experiences with Menstrual hygiene growing up gave her a special passion for the Project.

She said, “Growing up I had challenges with Menstrual hygiene trying to have self-esteem with being a girl and having to bleed every month, so it will be an honour to have such opportunity as this to contribute my quota to other in creating awareness around MHM for upcoming ladies in a way it will be easier for them”.

The Project coordinator Afolabi, Ahmed Shola had also explained that it is expected that after this review, they will come up with holistic approved manual which will be adopted by the state before using it to train peer educators at the field levels across three local government areas of Bauchi, Katagum and Ningi.

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