Launch of Menstrual Hygiene Drive in Eastern Region Schools by the OMJ Foundation

by Louisa Afful
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The OMJ Foundation launched its Menstrual Hygiene Drive (MHD) on May 28, 2024, in select junior high schools in the Akuapem South municipality, Eastern Region, marking International Menstrual Hygiene Day. Beneficiary schools included Oboadaka D/A JHS, Gyankama Methodist JHS, Kitaase Government School, Peduase Government School, and Konkonuru Methodist JHS.

The foundation distributed over 4,000 sanitary pads, 500 panty liners, and 2 gallons of hand sanitizers. Founder and CEO Mr. Osei Mensah Joseph highlighted the initiative’s aim to improve menstrual hygiene in rural communities and reduce absenteeism and teenage pregnancies linked to inadequate menstrual care.

Mr. Mensah called on the government to provide free menstrual pads in schools, emphasizing its importance for girls’ education. Director of Operations, Mr. Wisdom Kofi Nartey, announced plans to extend the initiative to other schools and thanked supporters, including Novas Angels and the local education authorities.

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