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Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: This NGO Is Teaching People To Produce Reusable Sanitary Kits, Breaking Taboo Around Menstruation

As part of its project WASH (Women Sanitation hygiene), Dehradun based NGO Humans For Humanity is creating awareness about menstruation, menstrual hygiene, and teaching people to produce reusable sanitary napkin kits and earn from the same

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: This NGO Is Teaching People To Produce Reusable Sanitary Kits, Breaking Taboo Around Menstruation
Highlights
  • In Maharashtra’s Belaj, group of men and women are producing sanitary kit
  • The reusable sanitary kit costs Rs. 200, can be used for two years
  • Each reusable sanitary kit consists of 2 waterproof shields, 8 liners, soap

New Delhi: While the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown has taken away the livelihood of many, a group of men and women from Belaj village in Maharashtra’s Pune is making ends meet and at the same time promoting menstrual hygiene by stitching reusable sanitary napkin kits, all thanks to WASH – Women, Sanitation, Hygiene project undertaken by Humans For Humanity, a Dehradun based NGO (non-governmental organisation). 25-year-old Anurag Chauhan, founder of Humans For Humanity never thought his initiative to remove the word ‘taboo’ from menstruation and promote menstrual hygiene will one day become a source of income for many people.

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The initiative to create awareness about menstrual hygiene dates back to 2015 when Anurag initiated WASH. Recalling the same, Anurag said,

In 2015 when I started WASH the idea was simply to raise awareness among women and girls of all age groups. As part of this, we would organise awareness sessions and activities like pickle making, planting the holy plant Tulsi, we would go to temples and talk about periods. This was all to bust myths like women should not touch pickle while they are menstruating else it will get spoiled, women should not enter temples while they are on their periods, so on and so forth.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: This NGO Is Teaching People To Produce Reusable Sanitary Kits, Breaking Taboo Around Menstruation

Anurag busting myths surrounding menstruation and promoting menstrual hygiene

Along with this, in 2018, Anurag started distributing low cost eco-friendly sanitary napkins made of cotton cloth by workers in the villages and the volunteers of Humans For Humanity for free. But the question was until when he will be able to do so?

Providing free pads to women make them dependent on me and I never wanted that. The idea is to educate these women and make them independent, said Anurag.

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Pursuing his idea, in 2019, Anurag along with his team of volunteers undertook the initiative to teach women to make reusable sanitary pad kits. Each sanitary kit costing Rs. 200 consists of two waterproof shields, eight absorbent liners, bar soap, zip lock bags and a guidance chart. The waterproof shield made of cotton cloth looks like a regular cloth pad. While using, a liner made of PUL (Polyurethane Laminate) sheet needs to be put inside the waterproof shield which can then be attached to the underpants.

Both the waterproof shield and liner are washable and reusable and can be used for two years. These cotton pads are completely safe to use and any day better than women using ash, rug, husk and other unhygienic things during their periods, said Anurag.

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: This NGO Is Teaching People To Produce Reusable Sanitary Kits, Breaking Taboo Around Menstruation

Women proudly sowing the reusable sanitary napkin kit they have got from Humans For Humanity

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Reusable Sanitary Napkin Kits Ensure Menstrual Hygiene, Provide Income To Women

Elaborating on the same, Jalpa H Vithalani, State Director for Humans For Humanity in Maharashtra said,

I’m an alumnus of H.R. College of Commerce and Economics. Last year, my juniors contacted me for their project Inaayat focused at providing menstrual hygiene supplies to women. Since Inaayat and Humans For Humanity were working on the same lines, we started by outsourcing Inaayat kits.

Later Humans For Humanity (HFH) started an independent project in Maharashtra’s Belaj village where a group of men and women were taught to prepare reusable sanitary napkin kits. As part of this, HFH provides all the raw material to the group involved in the production of these kits and also pay them for their labour. The kits are procured by HFH and distributed among women residing in different states, for free. Currently, the HFH team is working in six states – Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi-NCR and Bengaluru.

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Until a few years ago I didn’t know much about menstruation and pads. One day, Jalpa didi (state director for HFH in Maharashtra) conducted an awareness session in a nearby temple and taught us about the importance of menstrual hygiene and how we can make pads at home. My wife works on a farm and I work in a nearby factory but because of the lockdown, the factory is closed and the income has dropped drastically. At this time, the money we get from making sanitary pads is proving to be of great help, said Bhau Khokane, from Belaj village, who helps his wife Pushpa and other women in producing these kits. Bhau Khokane also accompanies Jalpa to neighbouring villages for various educational and awareness sessions.

According to Anurag, Belaj village is a success story for the team as it’s one of those villages where the word taboo and menstruation don’t go hand in hand. Women of Belaj village are well aware of the problems concerning lack of menstrual hygiene and improper disposal of sanitary pads. These women now train other women and multiply the efforts of HFH.

Poor menstrual hygiene is a problem which we all need to deal with. We need to throw this thing out of our system that menstruation is a problem and it only concerns women. I have been targeted for organising workshops in temples and breaking taboos. I have been targeted for being a man and talking about menstruation. But, I’ll reiterate, we all have come from a womb and together we need to address the issues surrounding menstruation and create more villages like Belaj, signed off Anurag.

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World

26,58,63,058Cases
22,65,37,591Active
3,40,69,608Recovered
52,55,859Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,58,63,058 and 52,55,859 have died; 22,65,37,591 are active cases and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 5:12 am.

India

3,46,41,561 8,306Cases
98,416739Active
3,40,69,608 8,834Recovered
4,73,537 211Deaths
In India, there are 3,46,41,561 confirmed cases including 4,73,537 deaths. The number of active cases is 98,416 and 3,40,69,608 have recovered as on December 6, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,38,778 707

10,826 23

64,86,782 677

1,41,170 7

Kerala

51,65,921 4,450

44,110 317

50,80,211 4,606

41,600 161

Karnataka

29,98,099 456

7,161 120

29,52,708 330

38,230 6

Tamil Nadu

27,30,516 724

8,041 29

26,85,946 743

36,529 10

Andhra Pradesh

20,73,730 154

2,122 27

20,57,156 177

14,452 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,475 24

134 18

16,87,430 6

22,911

West Bengal

16,19,257 620

7,639 17

15,92,074 627

19,544 10

Delhi

14,41,358 63

370 48

14,15,890 15

25,098

Odisha

10,50,249 189

2,154 25

10,39,673 212

8,422 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,967 25

330 4

9,93,044 21

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,891 17

221 8

9,45,715 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,707 48

349 23

8,17,263 24

10,095 1

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,241 9

133 9

7,82,580 18

10,528

Haryana

7,71,819 22

185 5

7,61,580 17

10,054

Bihar

7,26,237 6

26 4

7,14,121 2

12,090

Telangana

6,76,943 156

3,787 8

6,69,157 147

3,999 1

Assam

6,17,576 101

2,490 61

6,08,966 158

6,120 4

Punjab

6,03,488 37

361 14

5,86,519 23

16,608

Jharkhand

3,49,342 25

127 12

3,44,074 13

5,141

Uttarakhand

3,44,353 8

174 1

3,36,768 7

7,411

Jammu And Kashmir

3,37,807 161

1,706 25

3,31,620 184

4,481 2

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,518 35

755 45

2,22,911 80

3,852

Goa

1,79,174 49

412 18

1,75,375 31

3,387

Mizoram

1,36,454 92

3,101 454

1,32,846 544

507 2

Puducherry

1,29,085 29

280 14

1,26,930 43

1,875

Manipur

1,25,360 32

353 9

1,23,025 40

1,982 1

Tripura

84,858 5

90 1

83,943 6

825

Meghalaya

84,583 9

244 2

82,864 11

1,475

Chandigarh

65,488 7

58 2

64,610 9

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,293 5

36 4

54,977 1

280

Sikkim

32,369 10

215 2

31,749 8

405

Nagaland

32,136

117 9

31,320 9

699

Ladakh

21,714 31

295 3

21,204 34

215

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

0 0

10,679

4

Lakshadweep

10,404

10 0

10,343

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,688

4 2

7,555 2

129

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