CAMPAIGN SUMMARY – SANITARY NAPKIN PACKETS FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED FEMALES
We need basic necessities in life for our survival and good health. However, when we talk on basic necessities of a human , we all refer to food, shelter and clothing. Cloth plays a very crucial role in a women’s life. For women, one of the most basic uses of cloth is for five to seven days every month, during menstruation.
Menstruation is still considered a taboo in the Indian society. Even today, the cultural and social influences on people create a major hurdle in ensuring that women and adolescent girls are given proper knowledge on menstrual hygiene and also the aid to help themselves in times of menstruation.
Improper menstrual hygiene can open doors to increase in a woman’s chances of contracting cervical cancer, Reproductive Tract Infections, Hepatitis B infection, various types of yeast infections and Urinary Tract Infection,etc.
Some Startling Facts:
- Only 36% percent women use sanitary pads in India.
- A 2016 study titled – ‘Menstrual hygiene management among adolescent girls in India’ involving nearly 100,000 girls in India found that almost 50,000 did not know about menstruation until the first time they got their period.
- A 2014 report by the NGO Dasra titled ‘Spot On!’ informed that almost 23 million girls in India drop out of school annually, because of lack of menstrual hygiene management facilities, including availability of sanitary napkins and awareness about menstruation.