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.
Menstrual blood and tissue flow from your uterus through the small opening in your cervix and pass out of your body through your vagina. During the monthly menstrual cycle, the uterus lining builds up to prepare for pregnancy.
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.
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Society, Faridabad (Haryana), popularly known as Sai Dham, established in 1988 on a 3 acre piece of land, is a prominent non for profit organization engaged in socio-economic uplift of the society across caste, creed, colour and religion through its various activities such as free education with amenities, skill development with placement, Mass Marriages, Health Care, distribution of clothes to tribal and underprivileged people.
Looking into the grave problem, Sai Dham has set up a 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. The packet containing six napkins is being supplied at a subsidized price of Rs.10/- per packet and at Rs.5/- or even free for supplying to girls and women in villages.
Ms. Reshma Ghosh, a celebrity and Miss India Earth 2002, is pleased to have become Brand Ambassador for this Health and Hygeine Project of Sai Dham.
Dr. Motilal Gupta