NMSI and A Child Unheard have partnered with Ruby Cup for the launch of a new ‘Menstrual Health Programme’ to be launched next month. The programme will be implemented through the ACU school in Ayenyah and will be supported by the NMSI-supported Community Health Planning Clinic, adjacent to the school.
The menstrual cups, which are made from 100% medical grade silicone and re-usable for up to 10 years, are an eco-friendly and long-lasting solution to improving menstrual health, with Ruby Cup donating the first 100 cups to the programme free of charge. By introducing Ruby Cup into a community, it is hoped the programme will help improve the education of the girls on their reproductive health and menstrual hygiene.
Caroline Young, NMSI’s CSR Manager, said “it is great to be able to enter this partnership with Ruby Cup and A Child Unheard. Menstrual health is a hugely overlooked barrier to development and it has a significant impact on a girl’s health and education. Studies have shown that girls can miss up to 20% of their schooling because they stay at home during a menstrual cycle. This absenteeism can cause some girls to drop out of school entirely. With this partnership, it is hoped that we can improve the girls’ health and school attendance, whilst improving the understanding of menstrual and reproductive health within the community”.