Monday, June 15, 2015

City of Cape to launch teen health initiative

Loyiso Langeni
15 June 2015

The City of Cape Town’s Health Directorate together with NGOs and academic partners are on the drive to help teenagers on sexual health. 

The project’s primary focus will be the distribution of reusable sanitary pads by the NGOs to address school absenteeism and dropout rates among female learners who are not equipped to manage their menstrual cycles.

City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Health, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli said girls and boys will be educated about puberty in separate workshops, and the girls will be given a sanitary pack of washable and reusable cloth sanitary pads to help them manage their periods so they do not have to miss school.

The pilot project starts just after Youth Day on 16 June and will target Grade 8 learners at four schools in Mfuleni and Strand and Grade 7 learners at a school in Strand

Mamkeli added it is unthinkable that children are being denied an education because they do not share the resources on how to deal with menstruation.

“There is still too much stigma attached to the issue as it is because like sex education there are some topics that are still taboo in many our communities. It’s time for change and I’m excited about this project because I think it could have a positive on the lives of many people.”    Mamkeli said.



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