#PeriodPaath: My Voice About Menstrual Hygiene And Addressing Challenges

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To

The Project Director

Women Development & Child Welfare

Telanganna State

Menstruation is normal and a healthy part of life and yet girls and women in India go through extreme struggles to manage their period every month. A large chunk of the Indian population believes this natural cycle to be a ‘curse’, impure and ‘dirty’,among other things,courtesy of the ancient myths surrounding menstruation in our country.

National family health survey estimates that of the 336 million menstruating women in India about 121 million (roughly 36 percent) women are using sanitary napkins,locally or commercially produced.most common menstrual hygiene product in India is sanitary napkin which is disposable and they can have an adverse impact on the environment due to the huge amounts of plastics they contain. A women and girls dispose of about 21,780 million pads, which poses a major threat to the country’s waste management crisis.This issue can increase a women’s chances, reproductive tract infections,hepatitis B infection, various types of yeast infections and urinary tract infection,etc.

Almost 23 million girls are drop out of school annually  because of lack of menstrual hygiene management facilities including availability of sanitary napkins and awareness about menstruation,usually for this problem girls are missing 4 to 5 days of school every month.

Addressing of solutions about menstruation and menstrual hygiene:

A comprehensive health education program involving mothers is required to remove various misconceptions and taboos associated with menstruation and make it a pleasant experience for adolescent girls. Information,education and awareness programs need to be strengthened to spread awareness regarding HIV/AIDS.

Girls who are studying 8th to 12th standard and who have attained menarche were included in the study. A predesigned questionnaire, which consisted of questions related to menstrual awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS.

Especially in the schools Teachers and Community stake holders, Different NGO’S wants to celebrate menstrual Hygiene day on may 28th to help break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management and also its enabling women and girls to reach their full potential. Also it will help to learn qualitative and quantitative analysis,guidance to practitioners, technical support to government and partnership with other organisations is working to ensure that women and girls are not limited by something as natural as their periods.

By raising the awareness among the community including boys and men, with the objective  breaking the taboo around menstruation want to provide school based training and campaigns by the girls and community. by also performing cultural art forms in the community with the participation of both boys ad girls.

I would request you to kindly look in to the above submitted requests and take action against addressing the issues of menstruation.

Thanking You

Yours faithfully

Karani Venkatalaxmi

Sr. Social Mobiliser, GHS Kulsumpura

Hyderabad, Telangana State

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