Mama Boko aka Hajiya Aisha Wakil, the founder of Complete Care and Aid Foundation recently pitied the scarcity and unavailability of sanitary pads. The lamentation happened during her visit to Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, recently.
According to her, the illicit activities of Boko Haram affected the North East region severely and adversely affected women and children. Majority of women have now turned to sand and ashes during their menstrual cycle.
She said: "One of the effects of the insurgency is that women and girls are using sand and ashes in place of a sanitary pad for their menses and this is unhygienic and unhealthy for women and girls. A menstrual pad is a luxury for poor women in Borno."
"Strange as it may sound but poor women and girls in community and IDP camps are still using rags filled with sand, or ashes as an alternative for sanitary napkins during their menstrual period, thus exposing themselves more to vaginal infections," she added.
According to the research sponsored By Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 65 percent of women and girls in Kenya are unable to afford a sanitary pad.
Unhygienic conditions leave women at a higher risk of having vaginal infections. In India, spreading awareness regarding the same has been gaining momentum. With the movie," Padman", the associated taboo and objectification of women changed.
#Suvidha sanitary napkins which are available at Rs. 2.50 per pad, enable women maintain #menstrualhygiene without harming nature. #SwasthaBharat #AyushmanBharat #SafePeriods pic.twitter.com/3BIzgSPH7E— Ministry of Health (@MoHFW_INDIA) March 31, 2018