The Girls' Count Initiative, is a registered voluntary not-for-profit initiative with a vision to improve the health, and well-being and provide sustainable empowerment opportunities for adolescent girls, women, orphans, and vulnerable children particularly in rural, semi-urban communities and resource-constrained households while working to drive policies that focus on achieving gender equity, access to education and ending hunger in vulnerable households.
The initiative has implemented community-driven health projects, one of such is to end one of the global health challenges facing women and girls in disadvantaged communities in Nigeria and Africa, “period poverty” by providing sexual/reproductive/menstrual health education and donating free eco-friendly, washable, reusable sanitary towels and padded pants to attend to their monthly period with dignity through the SheHeroes Sustainable Menstrual Health project. To date, the project has impacted 2,750 adolescent girls and we are working to reach 10,000 by the end of 2023.
They launched the “Protect Mum and Child forum” which provides free counselling on maternal, new-born and children under 5 care, nutrition, pre-and postnatal care, and overall health education for mothers to improve new-born, infant and young child health by bringing together public health experts to address maternal and new-born health issues with proper referral system put in place for mothers after counselling.
One of their recent projects, tagged, “She Learned, Empowered and Mentorship (SLEM) Project” provides economic empowerment opportunities for women and girls without sustainable sources of income and livelihood. So far, 600 beneficiaries have been reached in the preliminary phase of the project and they are working to attract investors and deploy an App where beneficiaries can access business growth-related information by the end of 2023.
To learn how you can get involved and support the organisation, you can contact them via any of the following channels:
Phone number: +2348087388692