As women, we were always well aware of the challenges that accompany menstruation, but once we acknowledged the stark contrast between our privileged lives as against millions of other women in India, we decided to take up the challenge to work on the issue of menstrual health and hygiene, especially among the impoverished quarters of India.
For those who know little about this landscape, only 12% of Indian women get access to sanitary napkins while the other 88% resort to unhygienic cloth, ash and husk sand thereby undergoing severe reproductive health problems. Poor menstrual hygiene can cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) and Urinary Tract Infection (UTI); unhygienic practices also leave women vulnerable to infertility.
A packet of sanitary napkins with eight pads costs between Rs 30 and Rs 80 across India. For girls whose families have to sustain on a monthly budget of Rs 5,000- Rs 10,000, this is a financial burden they can’t afford. So even with the GST withdrawn, sanitary pads remain a luxury for some in this country.
We procure and distribute sanitary napkin packets to underprivileged adolescent girls (in and out of school) on a regular basis, besides educating them about menstrual health and hygiene to help lower the dropout rates for such girls in schools across India, while also ensuring their overall reproductive well being.
Help us by contributing towards this cause and make a difference to a girl's menstrual health.