Liberia: MOCSA Foundation Distributes Sanitary Pads Amongst Students in Period and Pandemic Workshop
Margibi County, Dwazon Community – The Making Our Children Safe Again (MOCSA) Foundation over the weekend distributed sanitary pads, condoms, soaps, hand sanitizers and tissues to adolescent girls and boys during a one-day interactive forum on ‘Period& Pandemic’ workshop.
The forum which brought five students each from 10 schools including health science instructors, was intended to educate girls how to manage their menstruation in a sensitive ways during pandemic and other infectious diseases.
Speaking at the forum, the executive director, Madam Yuconjay N. Barchue said silence built around menstruation has created an avenue for stigmatization adolescent girls.
According to Madam Barchue, as part of MOCSA’s gender policy is to provide menstrual hygiene awareness in schools, in communities and places that unreachable in order to ensure adolescent girls get the necessary education.
Madam Barchue told the girls to be sensitive to the menstruation circle, stressing they should always wash menstrual materials to avoid infection.
Said Madam Barchue, “Our main focus has to do with period and pandemic.”
Period and Pandemic, STDs and other infectious diseases are not paused during this Pandemic.”
“We are here to make our youth to know during pandemic other infectious diseases are not paused.”
Madam Barchue added, “menstrual hygiene management is not a specific gender sensitive that the reason why we decided on getting adolescent girls and boys together.”
“We have other topic that has to do reproductive health. Boys need to be aware how to teach themselves and help girls.
“In other homes they take it to be a taboo that men are not supposed to touch menstrual materials when their sisters receiving,” Madam Barchue said.
Speaking on behalf of the participants, student Bernice K. Brown from the Destiny Cooper Multilateral School of Excellence, said the discussion helped her understand some important issues.
Ms. Brown, however, encouraged peers to share with their parents during menstruation period and avoid being ashamed of the menstrual circle.
MOCSA Foundation is local not-for-profit organization which run a mobile health clinic to vulnerable women and children in rural communities.
The foundation was established in 2017 but obtained a legal right to operate in 2019.
The foundation aims at providing a safe and dignified future for all children regardless of their ethnicity, socio-economic background. And to also enable vulnerable rural communities especially women and children to address.
MOCSA also work in areas in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Montserrado counties where children’s access to education and healthcare are limited.