Menstrual Hygiene Advocate Donates Sanitary Towels For Women Battling Cervical Cancer
A menstrual hygiene advocate on Saturday 28th of May collected boxes of sanitary towels for cervical cancer survivors to commemorate the World Menstrual Hygiene Day.
Dr. Scholar Karimi of Scholar Hope Foundation says that she chose cervical cancer patients since they experience longer menstrual cycles.
Karimi who is a counseling psychologist also donated sanitary towels to young girls at the Kariobangi North Health Center.
“We purpose to partners with people from Kariobangi and Mathare to assure them that the stigma that comes with menses for the teenage girls should not be an issue,” said Karimi.
“Am so grateful because a number of partners accepted to donate funds and foodstuff and panties for these people who are also battling other cancers,” she said.
This year’s theme was “Making menstruation a normal fact of life by the 2030. The theme is not just about celebrating the day but rather a setting a goal that has to be achieved by the stated year.
Dr.Wanja Ng’ang’a from Meditest Hospital shared the importance of getting the papsmeer test after every three years for women above the age of 18 and encouraged younger girls to get vaccinated against Human papilloma Virus(HPV) which is one of the causes of Cervical cancer.
“We are so grateful and I feel like we have restored hope to the hopeless,” said Karimi.
The event saw over 200 girls and women get taught more about cervical cancer and the importance of getting tested as a prevention method and encouraged to show support and care to cervical cancer patients.
By Stella Anyango.