U.S. Multinational Corporation Kimberly-Clark Supports USAID’s Adolescent Empowerment Efforts in Nigeria

On March 12, 2022, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) rolled out the distribution of 40,000 Kotex Sanitary Pads – a donation from U.S. multinational corporation Kimberly-Clark to improve the menstrual hygiene and wellbeing of young girls in Nigeria.

Over a six-month period, this initiative will reach more than 6,000 adolescent girls between 10 and 19 years old in Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Cross Rivers, Edo, Kano, Lagos, Niger, and Taraba states.

Young women and girls in Nigeria face different challenges managing their menstruation across varying socio-cultural, economic, and environmental contexts.  These challenges include inadequate knowledge about proper menstruation management and lack of access to good menstrual hygiene management materials, which have far-reaching consequences.

“The lack of access to hygiene resources has a serious impact on school attendance,” said USAID Deputy Office Director for Health, Mieko McKay at the handover ceremony in Lagos.  “This collaboration is a great example of how USAID engages with the private sector to improve the well-being, reproductive health, and school attendance of adolescent girls.”

Kimberly-Clark and USAID implementing partner, Association for Reproductive and Family Health, signed the agreement for the donation on January 28, 2022.
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of U.S. Embassy and Consulate in Nigeria.

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