Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative, Ibadan Location Group carried out a Drug abuse and Menstrual hygiene sensitization on the 31st of May 2019 to mark the Menstrual hygiene day, which was held on the 28th of May 2019 and World No Tobacco day, which was held on the 31st of May 2019. This sensitization was held at Comfort Standard School, Yidi, Agodi-gate, Ibadan.
The program started with introduction of the organisation and its volunteers to the students including boys and girls, after which a talk was given by Mr. Chuks Ononye on substance and drug abuse, ways of abusing drugs, examples of common drugs and hard drugs that people abuse, the effects and long term consequences of drug abuse. Group photographs were taken with the students holding chants on drug abuse.
For the menstrual hygiene sensitization, the girls were divided into three sub-groups to encourage their total participation and they were taught about the female reproductive system, menstruation, calculating the menstrual cycle, myths about menstruation, proper menstrual hygiene, and good waste disposal methods of used sanitary pads, two female volunteers were assigned to each class.
Eight (8) volunteers were present at the event. A total of forty-six (46) students were impacted through the outreach with: twenty (20) boys and twenty six (26) girls of which majority of them were already menstruating. The Head mistress and five members [A male teacher and four (4) female teachers] of staff were also present. Sanitary pads were given out during the outreach to all the girls present.
The sensitization outreach left joy on the faces of all students, as the lesson learnt will help them to be more assertive with the decisions on drug abuse and to encourage good menstrual hygiene practices among the girls. More importantly, the sensitization will help them live healthy and contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
Group photographs were taken and some of the students including a member of staff were interviewed at the end of the outreach to get feedback from them. Materials on drug abuse and menstrual hygiene were handed over to the school to place in the library for the students to have access to them readily.


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