Menstruation and menstrual hygiene for adolescent girls in Bokwai village
Menstruation and menstrual hygiene:
bridging the awareness gap for adolescent girls
As one of the ongoing projects of Favour Low-cost Healthcare foundation in the South West Region, a team of health professionals among which was a young medical doctor and volunteers organised a focal group discussion with female adolescents in Bokwai village in Buea sub Division in early November 2018.
Due to the prevailing socio-political insecurity in the region, the meeting was held in the premises of Presbyterian Church Bokwai.
The session was very interactive and the girls were taught on how; to identify normal menstruation, calculate their periods, maintain their self-confidence and proper hygiene during menstruation. They were enlightened about the numerous myths that exist about menstruation.
The participants were cautioned to avoid harmful menstruation practices like the use of dirty pieces of cloths as sanitary pads, use of a single pad for more than 24 hours, use of antiseptic or other cleansing products to clean their vaginas during and after menstruation etc. Wrongful use of roadside antibiotics for 'cleansing' after menstruation was strongly discouraged.
The mini-workshop was greatly appreciated by the participants and an appeal was made for more discussions to be organised in the future in their communities.