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Help Underprivileged Women To Get Access To Proper Menstrual Hygiene
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    Menstrual Hygiene For Underprivileged Women

    from New Delhi, Delhi

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Menstruation is a normal biological process which maintains the reproductive cycle. Without this process, there would be no ovulation and hence, no reproduction. This topic remains elusive and is even considered taboo in different parts of the world. In developing countries like India, people who menstruate have to deal with menstruation secretly. Poverty, gender inequality and repressive conditioning of these folks continue to deny access to proper menstrual hygiene products.
It gives me chills even thinking about how many of the people who menstruate go through such difficult time and pain.
These are the most difficult days and the person who does not have access to any hygienic or comfortable tool might suffer more.
There is already a taboo related to menstruation and on top of that the unavailability and resistance in usage sanitary napkins or any other means is scarier. 
Some of the facts related to menstruation are:
In India, out of the total 355 million menstruating people, only 42.6% use the most basic form of menstrual hygiene product, namely disposable sanitary pads. This means that only 12 % of Indian women use sanitary pads. Lack of awareness and socio-cultural beliefs that render menstruation as a dirty phase in women’s lives have long deprived women access to proper menstrual hygiene management.
In rural India, where the taboo related to menstrual hygiene is even stronger, many girls are forced to leave school out of fear of public shaming and discomfort.  An NGO named Dasra surveyed in 2014, and the resulting report states that nearly 23 million girls drop out of schools at menarche. This is a disturbing figure that states the condition of women who deal with menstruation without proper aid, as a result of which they face health risks in periods.

5 Health Risks That Can Result from Poor Menstrual Hygiene
1. *Infection of Reproductive Tract*: Contaminated products used to contain menstrual blood are breeding grounds for several bacteria like Salmonella, Staphylococcus and E. coli. These bacteria can multiply rapidly in the reproductive tract starting from the cervix and upwards. They can enter the bloodstream directly from the mucosal membrane which is highly permeable. This can lead to sepsis and related complication.
Dangerous bacteria can also invade the genital tract and can cause Reproductive Tract Infection which is not transmitted sexually. Not changing sanitary napkins frequently can contribute to moisture retention and accelerate the growth of harmful microorganisms.
2. *Urinary Tract Infection*: This is the most common form of infection that is present in women practicing poor menstrual hygiene. UTI presents one of the most serious health risks in periods where hygiene is compromised. When harmful bacteria invade the urinary tract, they can irritate the mucosal region and cause infection. If left untreated, it can develop into a serious complication.
3. *Yeast Infections*: Candidiasis is a yeast infection which can be caused by poor menstrual hygiene. Candida albicans is an opportunistic microbe that can cause infection in the reproductive tract and urinary tract. 
4. *Hepatitis B Infection*: Hepatitis B is easily transmitted through bodily fluids, including menstrual discharge. Hence it is important to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after and before changing sanitary napkins. The same is true for sexually transmitted diseases like HIV, candidiasis and Trichomonas infection.
5. *Increased Risk of Cervical Cancer*: Cervical cancer is the cancer of the cervix or the uterine opening which is predominantly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus. 132000 Indian women are diagnosed with cervical cancer per year. Lack of menstrual hygiene is a major factor that contributes to the development of this disease.

WE ARE PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE AROUND 50K SUKHAD KITS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED WOMEN throughout the year. 
Per kit price: 
Sukhad kit for 1 woman = Rs. 1,400/- 
Sukhad kits for 5 women = Rs 7,000/- 
KIT INCLUDES 24 packets of the sanitary pad 6 packets of soap Disposable paper envelopes. I respectfully request that you all donate to this cause. Even a single penny makes a significant difference. I can tell the difference. The more you participate, the more I will be able to assist these ladies with their menstrual issues. 
I respectfully request that you all donate to this cause. Even a single penny makes a significant difference. I can tell the difference. The more you participate, the more I will be able to assist these ladies with their menstrual issues.

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www.hamaripahchan.org

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