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Sanitary Vending Machine & Flood Shelters/Relief Camps In Assam
of Rs.10,00,000
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    Created by

    Mandira Buragohain
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Flood Victims

    from Guwahati, Assam

“Menstrual blood is the only source of blood that is not traumatically induced. Yet in the modern society, this is the most hidden blood, the one so rarely spoken of and almost never seen, except privately by women” Judy Grahn

Assam State Disaster Management Authority(ASDMA) envisions a future where every girl can learn, play, and safeguard her own health without experiencing stress, shame, or unnecessary barriers to information or supplies during menstruation. Meeting the hygiene needs of all adolescent girls and women in all settings is enables human rights, dignity, and public health.

A growing evidence base from low- and middle-income communities shows that many girls are not able to manage their menses and associated hygiene with ease and dignity. This deprivation is even more acute for girls and women in emergencies. These girls and women cannot practice good menstrual health and hygiene at home, at school, at work, or in other public settings, due to a combination of discriminatory social environments, inaccurate information, poor facilities, and limited choice of absorbent materials. Public infrastructure and policies in health, WASH, and education under-prioritize and under-source menstrual hygiene, support, and knowledge. In addition, myths and taboos often promote a high level of secrecy about even the most basic menstruation facts – leading to shame and exclusion for women and girls. Inaccessible WASH facilities, and access to information and materials are barriers for women and girls with disabilities managing their menstruation hygienically and with dignity.

Women and adolescent girls in disaster-prone and fragile contexts face many challenges. Menstrual Hygiene Management during Emergencies faced by women and adolescent girls living in the flood-prone districts in Assam is an area that has to remain unattended in the relief measure. It also brings out various cultural, logistical, and health issues faced by women and adolescent girls in taking care of their menstrual hygiene needs during floods.  In rural Assam, as whole menstruation is a taboo induced with stigma not permitting discussion or even information seeking. Because of the shame and superstitions associated with this monthly biological occurrence, the women are impacted by poor menstrual hygiene. Women spend several days menstruating within their lifetime with very real and practical needs.

Schools in rural areas in Assam quite often act as flood relief shelters. These spaces are quite often not equipped with the necessary menstrual hygiene facilities which include access to menstrual products and proper functioning toilets. This becomes a challenge for the female students when schools are functioning and during floods women who are housed in these school premises also do not get access to proper facilities.

As schools in Assam is quite often act as flood relief shelters therefore these centers can be equipped with Sanitary Pad vending machines where a regular supply of biodegradable pads will be maintained.

To undergo the challenge of implementing sustainable techniques for mitigating, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) proposes crowdfunding for Sanitary Vending Machine along with Incinerators for Relief Camps/Flood shelters of the most vulnerable district of Assam.


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