In India, even before the pandemic, 23 million girls dropped out of school each year on reaching puberty owing to the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, clean toilets and water. The pandemic has worsened the situation as adolescent girls from poor and marginalized communities are now cut off from their schools that provided them free access to personal hygiene products. Due to this, they are forced to use old cloth, rags, husk or ash instead, which are detrimental to their health.
Nischay Foundation is a non-profit social outfit working with children and women on the issues of health, education and human resource development in rural Jharkhand.
Even during the lockdowns, the Nischay team lead by Tarun Kumar has been distributing free sanitary napkins to girls in Jharkhand and building community awareness to fight stigma and taboo against menstruation.
28th May 2021 is recognized as Menstrual Hygiene Day. Let's use this as an opportunity to advocate for menstrual health and fund sanitary products - a necessity for all menstruators.