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Donate New Sanitary Pads Sanitary napkins are unaffordable for the underprivileged...
Vast majority of girls and women from underprivileged families, particularly in rural areas, do not have access to hygienic products for use during menstruation. They rely on cloth, hay, sand, ash and other such alternatives. Unfortunately, such usage can lead to infection. Ideally, disposable sanitary napkins would be the best solution but for the unaffordable cost.
In a country where Menstruation is a taboo and only 5% of women use sanitary pads, he came forward with an innovation to break the taboo.
Menstruation, the most natural bio-physiological phenomenon in a woman’s life cycle, is considered dirty and impure throughout India. This is reflected in the way the entire concept of Menstrual Hygiene gets handled. The shame, the secrecy, lack of access to clean pads or toilet facilities further adds to the challenges.
The implications are deeper and more pervasive than any statistic can attempt to portray. Issues such as lack of awareness, lack of access, and unaffordability force approximately 300 million women to rely on old rags, plastic, sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during their menstrual cycle.
Reproductive Tract Infections are 70% more likely in women who use unhygienic materials during their periods. Currently, only 12% of women in India use sanitary napkins to manage their menses. Some of the most detrimental implications of the current menstrual hygiene state in India affect both education and livelihood. In India, adolescent girls (age 12-19) miss five school days in a month due to menstruation. Around 23% of these girls actually drop out of school after they begin menstruating. This hinders one quarter of the next generation of India's female population from pursuing higher education. Similarly, women in India are forced to miss roughly four working days a month resulting in forty-eight days of lost income in a single year. The ramifications of this loss manifest themselves in everything from food availability to health and the larger space of women empowerment.
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