Celebrated media personality, staunch Made-in-Ghana campaigner, entrepreneur and PR practitioner, Kobi Hemaa Osisiadan-Bekoe on May 1 reached out to three communities in the Greater Accra Region with her Pad for All Project.
Speaking to the media, Kobi Hemaa, who is also the founder of Angeles Foundation, explained that many menstruating girls and women face inadequate access to toilets and water and often lack the most basic materials needed for managing blood flow, such as sanitary pad hence the action.
“We’re in the middle of a pandemic, this even makes menstrual hygiene a more pressing concern,” she said.
“People will continue to menstruate during this outbreak and after this pandemic.”
The Pad for All Project is an initiative to ensure the less privileged in the society maintain personal hygiene during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
The project, which is sponsored by Fay International – producers of Faytex Sanitary Pad – with Angeles Foundation and Repairer Foundation as organizers, will be extended nationwide to ensure that menstrual hygiene protocols are observed by many females.
At the launch in Accra on May 1, three communities namely Bukom, Mamprobi and New Mamprobi benefited from the project.
Mary Achieng Ojuka, CSR Coordinator for Fay International Limited, led her team in educating the women on menstrual hygiene.
“When you are in your period, you should keep your genitals clean. Since the vagina has a sensitive balance of useful and non-useful bacteria, it is best to avoid any soaps or vaginal cleaning products and wash with warm water instead. Taking a bath regularly helps you keep clean,” she advised.
As a boy-child empowering NGO, Angeles Foundation has since its establishment championed many He4She initiatives.
Interacting with the media, the first son of Kobi Hemaa and the CEO of Angeles Foundation, Boris Nimpong-Osisiadan, encouraged males to support females to improve menstrual health and hygiene.
Boris admonished that proper menstrual hygiene will not only benefit those who menstruate, but entire societies across generations.
At Bukom, professional boxer Braimah Kamoko, popularly known as Bukom Banku, was present to support the initiative.
In an interview, he expressed profound gratitude to the organizers for such a thoughtful gesture.
Assemblymen for both Mamprobi and New Mamprobi lauded the ‘Pad for All’ initiative and encouraged organisers to extend it to other parts of the country.
Kobi Hemaa praised Fay International for their consistency in manufacturing safe, healthy, sanitary and maternity pads; while at the same time empowering girls through menstrual hygiene seminars.
Over the years, the firm has provided safe, healthy and affordable sanitary products throughout Ghana.