COVID19: Menstrual Hygiene Remains Essential- Kobi Hemaa
By: Staff Writer/ www.africanakua.com, Ghana
Celebrated media personality and stanch Made-in-Ghana products campaigner, Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe, has on 1st May 2020, reached out to three communities in the Greater Accra region with her “Pad for All” Project.
Speaking to the media, Kobi Hemaa, who is also the founder of Angeles Foundation, explained that many menstruating girls and women face the challenge of inadequate access to toilets and water and often lack the most basic materials like sanitary pads, which are needed for managing blood flow, hence the action.
“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, this even makes menstrual hygiene a more pressing concern. People will continue to menstruate during this outbreak and after this pandemic.” She said.
The “Pad for All’ Project is an initiative to ensure the less privileged in the society maintains personal hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The project which is sponsored by Fay International, producers of Faytex Sanitary Pads, together with Angeles Foundation and Repairer Foundation as organizers will be extended nationwide to ensure that menstrual hygiene protocols are observed by many females. At the launched in Accra on May 1, 2020, three communities namely Bukom, Mamprobi and New Mamprobi benefited from the “Pad for All’ Project.
Mary Achieng Ojuka, CSR coordinator for Fay International Ltd led her team in educating the women on menstrual hygiene.
“When you are on your period, you should keep your genitals clean. Since the vagina has a sensitive balance of useful and non-useful bacteria, it is best to avoid any soaps or vaginal cleaning products and wash with warm water instead. Taking a bath regularly helps you keep clean.” She advised.
As a boy-child empowering NGO, Angeles Foundation has since its establishment, championed many He4She initiatives. Interacting with the media, the first son of Kobi Hemaa and the CEO of Angeles Foundation, Boris Nimpong-Osisiadan encouraged males to support females to improve menstrual health and hygiene. Boris admonished that proper menstrual hygiene will not only benefit those who menstruate, but entire societies across generations.
At Bukom, professional boxer, Braimah Kamoko, popularly known as Bukom Banku, was present to support the initiative. In an interview, he expresses his profound gratitude to the organizers for such a thoughtful gesture. Assemblymen for both Mamprobi and New Mamprobi lauded the “Pad for All” initiative and encouraged them to extend to other parts of the country.
Kobi Hemaa praised Fay International producers of Faytex Sanitary pads for their consistency in manufacturing safe, healthy, sanitary and maternity pads; while at the same time empowering girls through menstrual hygiene seminars. Over the years, they have provided safe, healthy and affordable sanitary products throughout Ghana.