Care for Girls: An Initiative to Keep Girls in School
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), in partnership with Her Majesty Queen Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho, hosted a special event intended to help keep girls in school, reduce their vulnerability to HIV infections, and build their self-esteem.
The event, which is a joint initiative of the Queen’s Hlokomela Banana (Care for Girls) project and AHF’s GIRLS ACT campaign supported young women and girls drawn from various schools and an orphanage with the provision of free sanitary pads and school supplies.
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This initiative was largely informed by the compelling fact that one in ten girls in Sub-Saharan Africa misses school as a result of their menstruation cycle, which equals twenty percent of a given school year.
AHF launched its GIRLS ACT campaign in 2016 to ensure that young women and girls aged 15-24 are reached with a wide range of services, including but not limited to sexual reproductive health, menstrual hygiene management, HIV/STI, and legal aid for victims of gender based violence.
AHF said today the initiative is set to hit more cities and communities in Lesotho in the coming months.