ChildAccra, a leading family hospital in Accra has donated a quantity of sanitary pads to girls at the Dzorwulu Junior High School in Accra. The donation forms part of the hospital’s Corporate Social Responsibility to people and institutions within its catchment area.
Making the presentation, the founder and Chief Medical Director of ChildAccra, Dr Juliette Tuakli who was accompanied by some staff from her hospital, spoke of the need to support and encourage the girl child in pursuing her education.
“More often than not, the lack of or the unavailability of support for young girls in this area of personal care could lead to a termination of a dream” Dr Tuakli said whilst addressing the students and teachers of the school.
“We have thus made it a point to offer this support to these young girls to answer one key need which will inadvertently help sustain and boost their interest in their studies,” she added.
Shedding more light on the choice of sanitary pads for this donation exercise, the renowned paediatrician said “We have discovered to our horror how expensive sanitary pads are and yet they are such a fundamental necessity of life.”
“We have always been particularly interested in young girls, we want to do things that allow them to grow in dignity” she further added.
Receiving the items, Madam Stella Tsekpo, the headmistress of the school, thanked ChildAccra for the gesture and expressed the hope of other well-meaning organisations extending a hand of support to other institutions like hers.
She said: “this donation will go a long way in offsetting some of the burden on our girls especially during that time of the month.”
ChildAccra has consciously adapted philanthropy as a key component of its operations and accordingly, a whole CSR arm called Beyond the Nets has been created within the hospital set-up to be the vehicle to drive some of its non-profit activities including raising awareness about infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDs. Among other things, the hospital has extended support to institutions including mental hospitals and orphanages.