Honourable Gifty Twum-Ampofo, Member of Parliament for Abuakwa North Constituency in the Eastern Region of Ghana, has made a significant contribution to menstrual hygiene in her constituency.

Known affectionately as Hajia Kande, she donated twelve boxes of sanitary pads to the Abuakwa North Municipal Education Directorate.

These supplies are intended for distribution to schools in remote areas, aiming to improve menstrual hygiene among students.

Mrs. Grace Adza-Awude, the Municipal Director for Education, received the donation with heartfelt thanks. She expressed her gratitude on behalf of the girls and the broader municipality, highlighting the importance of such contributions.

Mrs. Adza-Awude also called on other individuals, civil society organizations, and non-governmental organizations to follow Honourable Twum-Ampofo’s example to further enhance menstrual hygiene standards.

The donation coincided with the celebration of World Menstrual Hygiene Day on May 28, 2024, which Abuakwa North Education Directorate marked under the theme “Together For A Period Friendly Ghana.” The day’s activities included a variety of initiatives to raise awareness and educate the community about menstrual hygiene.

Teachers organized students to sew reusable sanitary pads, which were then exhibited to the public. Awareness campaigns were conducted via community radio stations and other communication channels.

Additionally, girls shared their personal experiences with menstruation, discussing how such interventions have led to improved school attendance. The celebration also featured the making and wearing of menstrual bracelets and a talk show focused on menstrual hygiene management.

Honourable Twum-Ampofo’s donation and the day’s activities underscore the critical importance of promoting menstrual hygiene, particularly in remote areas where access to sanitary products is often limited.

Through these efforts, the Abuakwa North Constituency aims to create a supportive environment for girls, ensuring that menstruation does not hinder their educational opportunities.