Reduce prices on sanitary pads to address period poverty – As I Grow Foundation

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of As I Grow Foundation, Isaac Nana Bekoe, has appealed to the government to reduce prices on sanitary pads to make them affordable for low-income families.

According to Mr. Bekoe, the high price of sanitary pads is contributing to period poverty, which is a global crisis affecting one out of every 10 menstruating girls and young women.

He noted that many girls are forced to miss school during their menstrual cycle due to lack of access to products and health services.

Some female students of Benkum Senior High School holding the free sanitary pads donated by As I Grow Foundation

During a donation of over 5,000 sanitary pads to girls at Bekum Senior High School in the Eastern Region, Mr. Bekoe stated that the high price of sanitary pads is leading to an increase in teenage pregnancy.

He cited a Ministry of Health report that showed 555,575 teenagers got pregnant between 2016 and 2020, with 109,865 teenage pregnancies recorded in 2020 alone.

Former MUSIGA President, Mrs. Diana Hopeson (Diana Akiwumi), also called for massive support for the girl child during their menstruation period to avoid stigma and lack of access to sanitary pads.

Mr. Bekoe emphasized that reducing prices on sanitary pads would help address period poverty and promote menstrual hygiene management among girls and young women.

By: Kofi Adjei | | Ghana

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