Did you know that only 36 percent of India’s 336 million menstruating women have access to sanitary napkins?
With COVID-19 entering our lives uninvited, the number of women with access to sanitary pads has gone down drastically. For underprivileged women, feeding themselves has become a question mark because of job losses. During times like this, their menstrual health is relegated to the background. Poor menstrual hygiene can result in fungal and bacterial infections across the reproductive and urinary tract. They are also at the risk of Hepatitis B and cervical cancer.
Most female school children from rural areas got access to sanitary pads only from their schools. With schools shutting down indefinitely because of COVID-19, coupled with the inability to move freely, has made it extremely difficult for women to get sanitary napkins. They end up practising unhygienic methods like filling up socks with sand and tying them around their waists in the hope that it will absorb menstrual blood, using old pieces of cloth, reusing the same material, and using dried leaves, newspapers, etc.
To tackle the lack of access, especially during COVID-19, MUMBAI HELP is planning to donate more than 500 sanitary pads for more than 250 houses based out of slums in Sion, Wadala, Matunga area. We would try and make this as “WOMEN CARE BOX” which would include Sanitary pads, Soap, Sanitizer, Mask and chocolate.
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