The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) Tamale Central Member of Parliament hopeful, Dr Ibrahim Anyars Imoro has distributed over 1,000 pieces of sanitary pads to teenage girls and adults in the Tamale central business district.
The pro-poor gesture is christened ‘Pad4All Initiative’ was a collaboration between the Repairer and the Angeles Foundations to provide free sanitary pads to underprivileged young girls and older women in deprived communities across Ghana.
Founder of the Repairer Foundation and the MP hopeful for the Tamale Central Constituency, Dr Ibrahim Anyars personally led the distribution team over the weekend to share the items.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Nations Builders’ Corps (NABCo) used the opportunity in educating market women and the public on the importance of personal hygiene.
He underscored the impact of the exercise in an interview with THE CUSTODIAN, explaining that the coronavirus pandemic has shifted the focus of everyone to the safety protocols to the detriment of other critical health conditions.
The exercise was in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3, which seeks to ensure healthy lives and well-being for all at all ages.
Dr Anyars said the Pad4All programme has so far covered the Greater Accra and now the northern region.
According to the aspiring legislator, female hygiene is a daily issue that affects the health of the girl child and therefore, “For us at the Repairer Foundation we thought it’s important to remind the public about the importance of female hygiene and the fact that we have to give attention to issues that already affect women in this era of COVID-19.”
He said the exercise was not restricted to the two regions, hinting that it will be extended to other impoverished communities across the country to support vulnerable individuals.
The Founder of Angeles Foundation, Mrs. Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe explained the reasoning behind the Pad4All Initiative.
She noted the idea is to ensure that the less privileged in every society in Ghana gets pad to use every month, especially during this pandemic crisis.
Mrs Osisiadan-Bekoe observed for several years now, many teenage girls and adults between ages of 13 and 29 during their menstrual period find it difficult to acquire sanitary pads.
She indicated the situation is more worrying now that there is little or no attention on this kind of health condition.
“But we at the Repairer and Angeles Foundations believe that menstruation doesn’t know pandemic, so this initiative gave birth to this and we want to go round to other parts of the northern region to support the poor and less privileged”, Mrs. Kobi Hemaa stated.
She commended the NPP MP hopeful for prioritizing the health and wellbeing of his constituents as stipulated in SDG goal 3 and also leading the distribution of the items.
Mrs Osisiadan-Bekoe added this makes the Chief Executive Officer for the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) an ambassador of the HeForShe campaign.