Report by the United Nations says one in 10 girls in Africa miss school during their menstruation. When they finally get back to school, they have already fallen behind the rest of their classmates. One frustration after the other while trying to catch up with the rest of the classroom, giving up and dropping out becomes the easiest option. For girls who go to boarding schools, during their menstruation days, they are locked up in dormitories to avoid humiliation in classrooms.
The reality is many parents cannot afford sanitary pads for their girl children. Stretched between putting food on the table, a roof over the head and sending their children to school, buying sanitary pads doesn’t exactly click in mind as a priority.
The girl child is often forced to stop social activities and withdraw from everyone else until her menstruation stops. Alternatively, they could use unsanitary solutions like using an old piece of clothing, tissue papers, or even cotton wools. The bottom line is, whatever alternative solutions they use, often predispose them to high risks of infection; the alternative solutions are in themselves not effective as …read more