CouldYou?, an international non-governmental organisation dedicated to curating, proving and scaling sustainable solutions to period poverty and malaria, has collaborated with The Magajiya, a girls and women empowerment NGO, to donate 100 menstrual cups to girls in selected schools at Jumapo near Koforidua in the Eastern Region.
The NGOs also sensitized the school girls mainly from Jumapo Presbyterian JHS, Jumapo Methodist JHS, Effiduase Roman Catholic JHS A&B, and Asokore SDA JHS A, B, &C, on menstrual hygiene, safe use of menstrual cups, and confidence building.
Speaking at a menstrual health campaign at Jumapo Community Centre, Country Manager of CouldYou? Kofi Kyeremateng Nyanteng said the NGO will continue to support girls and marginalized women to win the fight against period poverty, which is a threat to their health and career development.
He said menstrual health issues are heavily linked to girls absenteeism and drop out of school, low self-esteem, teenage pregnancy, and HIV Aids.
He opined that as an NGO with a focus on developing sustainable solutions to address period poverty, they will continue to collaborate with organizations to address period poverty with the menstrual cup and continuous menstrual hygiene education.
He said the menstrual cup presents the best solution to addressing the menstrual needs of girls and women.
The CouldYou? menstrual cup is a menstrual absorbent which can be used for 5-10 years and thus produces significantly less waste than other MHH materials.
While cups require water for boiling, they need far less than reusable pads or cloths.
The cup allows its user to safely handle menstruation without reoccurring costs for many years.