I’m writing to bring your kind attention towards an issue that “MATTERS”. Even after several efforts a problem that continues to go unaddressed properly is menstrual health, wellness and hygiene.
Menstruation is unavoidable reality. It is natural biological function that about half of world’s population experience during their lifetime. During menstruation a women suffers a lot and better menstruation hygiene management can be a matter of life and death. Menstruation hygiene management were affected by – availability of resources, socio-economic status, cultural traditions and beliefs, education and last but not the least privilege that translate into wilful ignorance and harmful policies.
There is a need to advocate for better menstrual health for every women especially for underprivileged and demand action on multiple fronts:
Water, sanitation and hygiene
Menstruation makes the need for safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Access to safe sanitation is extremely important as unhealthy menstruation management increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome, RTI (Reproductive Tract Infection), cervical cancer and other dangerous diseases.
Management of menstrual waste
Disposal of menstrual waste is major concern as it directly affects health and environment. There should be a separate collection system for the menstrual waste. Gloves and safety gears should be provided to the sanitation workers so that they are not exposed to pathogenic diseases.
Education plays a key role in menstruation hygiene management. Due to unwillingness, myths, prejudices and misconceptions it is difficult to talk about menstruation with men and boys. By educating both we can overcome false beliefs and taboos. This will not only break the barriers but also encourage a dialogue on issues related to menstruation health, wellness and hygiene.
I appreciate what steps you have taken so far and looking forward to seeing positive and solid changes.