OASIS for the Vulnerable Group Director Rose Omango has called on women and girls to observe menstrual hygiene in order to avoid contracting bacterial diseases.
While teaching more than 15 women village elders about menstrual hygiene, Omango said that menstrual hygiene is a great challenge in Baringo County and young girls and women should be taught on how to observe menstrual hygiene.
She called on women to embrace menstrual cups which she said are safe and comfortable compared to sanitary towels saying that one could use them for up to ten years and it is environmentally friendly.
“Periods comes anytime it does not care if you have money to buy sanitary towels or not. It doesn’t care if you are sick, rich or poor as long as you are a woman you will have your periods every month.” She said.
She also urged parents and guardians to teach their young girls about menstruation and help them access menstrual supplies saying that no girl should get pregnant in the process of looking for sanitary towels.
“Let us get close to our young girls as they approach adolescent stage and teach them about menstruation and make sure that we supply them with sanitary towels. Many young girls have become mothers in the search for sanitary towels.” She added.
She noted that village women elders will help them in teaching young girls and women on menstrual hygiene and also in identifying the girls in need so as they could be given menstrual cups and sanitary towels.
“We have received menstrual cups from a Non- Governmental Organization called Me to You and these women here will help us in identifying the girls in need so that we can issue them with sanitary towels and menstrual cups since our organization is about helping the vulnerable in the society.” She said.
Her sentiments were echoed by Eldama Ravine Location Chief Marilynne Ngetich who said that some girls do not go to school whenever they are on their periods due to lack of sanitary towels.
“Some girls miss classes for three to seven days a month because they do not have sanitary towels. No girl should miss classes because they are on their periods.” She noted.
She called on more Non-Governmental Organizations to help girls get essential needs such as sanitary towels and other basic needs saying that this will help in reducing the number of early pregnancies in Baringo County.
Sofia Ishmael one of the village women elders from Milliamani, Eldama Ravine Ward, applauded the initiative by OASIS for the Vulnerable Group saying that they will use the knowledge they have acquired in teaching other women and young girls about menstrual hygiene.
“We have learnt a lot today and we are going to share whatever we have learnt with our young girls in our villages for them to avoid getting bacterial infections by failing to observe menstrual hygiene.” She said.
Rose Ngetich a resident from Kisarget, in Eldama Ravine Ward, said that many parents fear talking about periods with their children and this has led to many children not sharing about their menstrual status or even asking for sanitary towels from their parents.
“Most of us do not talk about menstruation with our children and thus our girls are not open to tell us when they start having their periods. Most of them are getting pregnant because they choose to borrow money to buy sanitary towels from men with whom some of them do not have good intentions.” She said.
By Faith Jepngetich