In pursuance to the directions of Secretary Local Council Board, WatSan Cell, LG & RDD in collaboration with UNICEF, IRC, Plan Pakistan and other WASH sector Partners organized especial session for women on Menstrual hygiene on 23rd May 2017 in PUTA Hall, University of Peshawar participated by Students, Community female members, local Government elected representatives, government and non government officials . Dr. Nasreen Akbar, Director, Health Department, graced the occasion as Chief Guest.
Theme for this year is “Education about menstruation changes everything”. The activities on this occasion aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of menstrual hygiene as an effective and affordable way to prevent disease.
Dr. Nasreen Akbar expressed in her speech to the participants that menstruation is the sign of girls’ puberty but affects girls’ socialization with family and community and put a significant impact on their education. In this regard the role of a school teacher and leady health worker is vital. Cleanliness is the part of our faith and the need of time. We can play a very important role in lessening the burden on hospitals by giving appropriate attention to cleanliness. She appreciated the efforts of working group for Menstrual Hygiene Management at provincial as well as federal level and recommended that the series of the awareness session needs to be extended to district level to educate more adolescent girls. She thanked the management of the event and on behalf of Health Department ensure her full support and coordination for the strengthening of Menstrual Hygiene Management Working Group at Provincial level.
Dr. Wasaf Syed& Miss Gloria from Unicef, Ms. Hina Kausar from Wateraid, Ms. Afshan Bhatti from Real Medicine Foundation and Ms. ShaziaSardar from IRSP Mardan informed the participants that Like the Safe drinking water and improved sanitation menstrual hygiene is also one of the basic need of women for a dignified life. They highlighted in their presentations that one-third of children leave school before completing primary education due to lack suitable arrangements at schools. They further added that 79% girls in Pakistan did not use hygienic materials to manage menstruation. The recommendations of the participant of the event were to conduct more research on menstrual hygiene in KP and specific budget needs to be allocated for it.