Menstrual Hygiene Project: Jamui Bihar

 

Access to Sanitary Products: Problem in India

Only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins (SNs). Over 88% of women resort to shocking alternatives like unsanitised cloth, ashes and husk sand. Incidents of Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) is 70% more common among these women. We are committed to bringing change in the personal hygiene practices in the rural area of Nawada district. We are raising money for the young women for the sanitary napkin. Please help us to support better future.

Present Condition in Jamui District, Bihar

In Rajla panchayat of Jhajha block, Jamui District (Bihar), various organisation, working on malnutrition, maternal health has influenced their thinking and understanding on hygienic practice related to menstrual health and importance of nutritional food intake. Girls are aware of the consequences of unhygienic practices adopted during menstruation period. Many of them have knowledge of several myths around the menstruation.

These women are the change-makers in the community and have started to share on reproductive health with their families. But the main problem remains unaddressed – access to sanitary products. In the local market, there is lack of sanitary products. In some area, Jamui is one of the poorest district having poor social and health indicators in Bihar. Families are unable to afford the sanitary napkins which are available in the market.

Social Enterprise: A Sustainable Solution

These young women contact us and request to help them in this situation. We organised group discussion and discussed the potential solution to increase access to the sanitary product in the rural area. The best solution was to set social enterprise to produce sanitary products that will not only increase access to the sanitary product at low cost but also increase local jobs. These young girls are saving one rupee every day to purchase the sanitary napkin making a machine which costs approx Rs. 300,000 (including training and transportation). So far these women have saved Rs. 10,000 and requesting the organisations and charitable trusts to help them to procure sanitary napkin making the machine.

Our Support: Training & Resource Mobilisation 

We are committed towards health and sexual rights. As an organisation, we decided to support these young women in mobilising resources for setting up the social enterprise for sanitary napkin production. We have approached local and national organisation to donate money to assist these young women. All the money received, will be directly used for procurement and setting up the social enterprise for young women. Also Span international will add 30 % of mobilising money for setting up the social enterprise.

Please support these young girls to have a safe and healthy life.