Ending Period Poverty in Nigeria: AHF's Efforts to Empower Women and Girls


By: Modupe Adeniyi. Freelance Health Reporter.

School age girls showing off free menstrual products gifts

School age girls showing off free menstrual products gifts.



MONDAY, MAY 27, 2024. In a world where access to basic menstrual health products is still a privilege, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is leading the charge to address the issue of period poverty.


According to the AHF, an astounding 500 million young women and girls across the globe still lack access to menstrual health products, safe and clean facilities and face the stigma surrounding menstruation.


As Steve Aborisade, the Head of Advocacy and Marketing at AHF, states, "Young women and girls, irrespective of their location or social status must be able to have their periods in a safe and conducive environment and without the difficulties that a lack of access to sanitary products presently constitutes."


To combat this pressing issue, AHF Nigeria is taking a multi-pronged approach. They are "committing resources to creating greater awareness in the general population about menstrual health and hygiene." The organization is also collaborating with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to ensure the widespread distribution of free sanitary pads to young women and girls in communities across their program states.


Dr. Eche Ijezie, the AHF Nigeria Country Program Director, emphasizes the importance of this initiative, stating, "To end period poverty, AHF Nigeria is poised to place menstrual health issues as a key national agenda."


The fight against period poverty is not just about access to menstrual products; it's about breaking down the stigma and creating a world where menstruation is celebrated and embraced. As the AHF statement highlights, "This Menstrual Health Day, let's end period poverty and end the stigma."


Through their tireless efforts, the AHF is leading the charge to empower women and girls, ensuring that they can thrive without the burden of period poverty. By raising awareness, distributing resources and engaging with various stakeholders, the organization is paving the way for a more equitable and inclusive future.


Source: Nigerian Tribune.


Related: Frequently asked menstruation questions and answers for Africans to know. 



Published: May 27, 2024

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