Updated: Nov 8, 2019
At a government school today in Afrancho, a small village in the Kumasi region of Ghana, over 200 girls piled into the small classroom for our menstrual health management talk. They were all eager to hear what was being said. For 23.4% of the girls, this was the first time they had ever heard or learned about a period.
We spoke to them about the anatomy of a period, menstrual hygiene and the benefits and disadvantages of different sanitary products available. Some girls said they used diapers or tissue, whilst others mainly used pads. However 42% signalled, in a questionnaire we gave out, that they repeatedly missed school because of their period.
We introduced them to the cup and explained how it worked. In the photo below, the girls are leaning and stretching to watch the OrganiCup instruction video to learn how they can use it safely and hygienically.