Be-Me Africa Project

BE-ME (Breast Education and Menstrual Education), is a project aimed at increasing awareness and also improving the reproductive health of young girls in secondary schools with special emphasis on Breast and Menstrual Health.

This project has been set up to educate and transfer skills to young girls in the following areas which are not exhaustive;

  • Self-breast examination
  • Importance of early detection
  • Tracking menstrual Cycle
  • Understanding normal and abnormal menstrual patterns
  • Menstrual Hygiene Practices & a lot more                

Click to the video above to watch excited students give a shout out to the BE-ME Africa project

 Rationale

An increasing number of young girls are becoming vulnerable to coercion, abuse, unintended pregnancies and a number of infections leading to health problems in adulthood because of ignorance and misinformation on issues relating to their sexual and reproductive health. This is mostly as a result of the fact that Health Education as a subject is not included in most of the senior secondary schools curriculum amongst others.

Post-pubescent girls are usually exposed to a lot of changes which happens rapidly most times leaving them emotionally and psychologically disturbed. Depending on the relation that exists between these girls and their parents or guardians, some are able to confide in with their experience. For some others, they notice changes in their bodies they are not exactly sure of but as a result of false beliefs and ideas they decide to keep it to themselves putting them at risk of future health concerns.

Educating the girl child has been found to bring greater benefits to the society but what happens when a girl child cannot participate fully in educational activities every month as a result of the arrival of her menstrual flow.  The biological and psychological changes of a girl child can affect a girl child adversely. Absenteeism from schools has been found to be an after effect of the onset of periods in young girls which continues to affect their overall performance in school.

 Aim

  1. To teach the skill of self-breast examination and raise awareness on breast cancer
  2. To improve the knowledge of menstrual cycle & hygiene
  3. To provide schools with the knowledge and resources needed for improved health of students

Objectives

  1. Emphasize the importance of early detection in breast cancer survival
  2. Carefully teach the skill of self-breast examination
  3. Conduct breast examinations
  4. Refer and follow up students with specific challenges in respect to breast and menstrual health
  5. Expose young girls to what they can expect from a first period
  6. Teach students how to maintain proper menstrual hygiene
  7. Enable students understand normal and abnormal menstrual patterns
  8. Train teachers on how to improve health status of students through education and counselling

Benefits

Students:

  1. Female students become more knowledgeable about breast health and are able to detect abnormal changes on time
  2. Students are empowered to become peer educators in transferring skills and knowledge learnt
  3. Understanding menstrual patterns can help young girls detect potential health concerns for adulthood
  4. Improves the emotional and physical health of young girls following their first periods, being that they become more aware of what they could expect and how to take care of themselves.

Schools:

  1. The rate of Absenteeism as a results of is lowered thereby allowing students participate fully in the schools activities
  2. It gives the school insight to the unattended health needs of students and are able to improve on it

Parents:

  1. Relationship between parents and students are improved as students become more aware of their bodies and are able to discuss challenges with parents.
  2. When students are taught how to prevent illnesses and diseases, parents are able to save medical costs

Photographs from previously held projects

The team lead, Stephanie Nyong facilitating a session with students in Kaduna, Nigeria.

Right after a Be-Me Session with students in Abuja.

 

For questions and enquiries on how your school could be a part of this project, call 08085710568 or send an email to bemeafrica@healthplatformsng.com.

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