70% of girls in rural areas bath only once during menstruation according to a research commissioned by Plan International Ghana
The research which was funded by Plan Germany Office as part of the NGO’s implementation of 2,247,500 Euro dubbed “Rural, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (RWASH)” benefited 36 communities.
According to the survey, many teenage girls in rural parts of developing countries such as Ghana struggle to have access to sanitary products compelling them to use unhygienic materials to manage their menstrual flow.
Lead Gender Specialist with Plan International Ghana, Lilian Bruce disclosed that the majority of the 403 girls interviewed during the research in each of the eighteen(18) selected rural communities across the beneficiaries Districts disclosed bathing only once a day during menstruation.
“In Akuapem North,only16.33% said they bath twice a day.In Okere it was 22.71%, Agona East District was 33.07% and 27.88% in Afadzato South,” she said.
Miss Bruce mentioned the root causes as ”inadequate water supply, cultural and traditional norms that prevent women or girls from accessing water from the river during menstruation and lack of menstrual hygiene awareness”.
According to her, averagely, 12.86% of total teenage girls sampled, do not use sanitary pads during menstruation because they are unable to afford due to poverty therefore are compelled to use all forms of unhygienic materials such as toilet roll and rags to manage their menstrual flows.
In other news, the Ghana cedi has reportedly depreciated against the US dollar in recent times, falling by an average of 0.93 percent to the ‘greenback’ over the last four weeks.
According to Bank of Ghana (BoG) data on the movement of the currency, the cedi as at December 13, had lost almost 13 percent of its value to the US dollar compared to the same period in 2018, when it shed about 8.2 percent to the US currency.
The December 13, 2019 depreciation rate is now the highest in the last four years, although it was a few percentage points shy of the 15.7 percent depreciation recorded in the whole of 2015.
The current depreciation comes at a time when the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has renewed calls on BoG to limit its intervention in the currency market to help “increase international reserves.”
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