Health & Hygiene for Rural Women During Periods
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society’s initiative is to educate rural women to manage menstrual
health and hygiene through use of eco-friendly Sanitary Napkins
Sanitary Napkin Pad Distribution in Lalitpur (Jhansi- UP)
Sanitary Napkin Pad Distribution in Balbhawn, Faridabad
Sanitary Napkin Pad Distribution to Vocational Trainees in Sai Dham
Sanitary Napkin Distribution to Parents of Students of Shirdi Sai Baba School
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society’s (popularly known as Sai Dham), Faridabad, Haryana, India, took up Menstrual Hygiene and Management initiative work to educate and empower menstruating women and dismantle the stigma associated with menstruation in rural areas of Dist Faridabad (Haryana). On baseline survey it was found that rural women are too shy to talk about menstruation and that they are used to using ash, mud or old clothes during menstruation.
Necessity for every Woman to
Manage Menstrual Hygiene
Un-hygienic period health and disposal practices can have major consequences on the health of women. The issue can increase a woman’s chances of contracting Cervical Cancer, Reproductive and Urinary Tract Infection, Hepatitis B infection, various types of yeast infections to name a few.
Every month, 1.8 billion people across the world menstruate. Millions of these girls, women, transgender men and non-binary persons are unable to manage their menstrual cycle in a dignified, healthy way. The onset of menstruation means a new phase – and new vulnerabilities – in the lives of adolescents.
Discrimination against menstruating women is widespread in India, where periods have long been a taboo and considered impure. They are often excluded from social and religious events, denied entry into temples and shrines and even kept out of kitchens. Mensuration is a normal phenomenon amongst women.
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.
The girls, who don’t drop out, usually miss up to 5 days of school every month. National Family Health Survey 2015-2016 estimated that roughly 36 percent women use sanitary napkins, and others are using old clothes.
Stepping up the Impetus
Sai Dham believes that every woman should manage menstrual hygiene without stigma. Looking into the grave problem, Sai Dham Faridabad has set up an automatic plant for manufacturing and supplying Sanitary Napkins to the rural girls and women through Rotary, Corporate and other social organizations for safeguarding their health.
Sanitary Napkin manufacturing plant at Sai Dham Faridabad
Ms. Reshmi Ghosh, a celebrity and Miss India Earth 2002, is pleased to have become Brand Ambassador for this Health and Hygeine Project of Sai Dham Faridabad.
Reshmi Ghosh, a celebrity and Miss India Earth 2002
Sai Dham ensures that the pads are of optimum quality
Dr. Motilal Gupta