Zipline Ghana marked 2021 Menstrual Hygiene Day celebration, with a donation of 1,000 pieces of period underwear and reusable female hygiene supplies to 300 girls in three selected schools in West Mamprusi Municipality. Beneficiaries were drawn from Mozuu M.A. Primary and Junior High, Nasia M.A. Primary and Junior High and Guaku-Dow M.A. Primary and Junior High. Ruby Love and Steel Sky supported Zipline Ghana’s initiative.
A statement by management of Zipline Vobsi said the free distribution of the period underwear and the reusable sanitary was part of Zipline Ghana’s CSR commitments. In remarks at an event in Walewale, Health Systems Integrated Lead at Zipline Vobsi Mr. Samuel Sineka said the donation was the company’s way of supporting girls to to meet their hygiene needs as they went through their menstrual cycles. Mr Sineka said Zipline Ghana would leverage its drone technology to deliver more of these supplies to schools in most need of the supplies in hard-to-reach locations within Zipline Vobsi’s catchment area.
Mrs. Joyce Sandow, a Public Health Nurse at the West Mamprusi Municipal Health Directorate, described the initiative by Zipline Ghana as timely. Mrs. Sandwo noted that most of the girls living in the communities in the Municipality had dropped out of school because of a lack of access to female sanitary supplies. She believes the reusable sanitary supplies would help keep young girls in school.The West Mamprusi Municipal Director of Health Services Mr. Hussein Abdul-Rashid expressed gratitude to Zipline Ghana for the company’s continued support of the health sector of West Mamprusi.
May 28 is observed worldwide as Menstrual Hygiene Day. The annual commemoration aims at helping societies break the silence and taboo associated with menstruation, raise awareness and change negative social norms surrounding menstrual hygiene management. Managing menstruation in a hygienic has been challenging in many communities because it requires adequate sanitation facilities and access to sanitary supplies. This affects girls’ health, safety and dignity negatively and keeps girls out of school, further widening the gaps in equal education opportunities for boys and girls.
Vobsi is host to Zipline’s third distribution centre in Ghana, which was commissioned in September 2009. The centre has since been of tremendous support in the delivery of blood and other medical commodities to hard-to-reach areas. During the opening of the Bagre dam that cut off most areas in the North East Region, for example, Zipline was the sole means of access to medicines. This and their timeline delivery of on-demand medical supplies to over 400 health facilities within the Vobsi operational area alone, has largely improved the health delivery system of these communities.