What is more disturbing is that the production of sanitary napkins has been constrained to a very large extent due to the lockdown and movement restrictions still operational in states like Jharkhand and Maharashtra. The availability of menstrual hygiene products, which also includes disposable and reusable sanitary pads, is highly unstable even in the most developed cities and almost negligible in rural areas located far from prime supply centers. Women who could afford the pads at their normal prices still fail to get hold of them due to the lack of public transport and mobility restrictions under the lockdown as well as the inflated prices caused by stocking and black marketing.
Menstrual hygiene education is a taboo in India. Women find it difficult to openly ask for sanitary products from a male family member (who generally fetch goods from the market). Women, especially in rural areas, are confined to their homes and depend on male or elderly female household members for procuring sanitary products.
Due to the lack of clean, private, safe water and sanitation facilities, women are unable to practice personal sanitary hygiene like changing the menstrual pads, washing cloth pads, and drying them in sunlight for proper disinfection. Due to the scarcity of pads, girls limit their food and water intake to minimise their use of the toilet so that they don’t have to change pads as regularly. These practices could lead to severe health issues in the longer run.
Considering all above challenges and ongoing issues Art of Helping foundation is constantly working on spreading awareness about the use of sanitary pads in rural/tribal parts of Maharashtra to promote a healthy lifestyle for all women and girls. We have also started distribution of Sanitary pads in most remote rural & tribal areas where access to sanitary pads is limited/unavailable.
Help us save more women and girls who are suffering from hygiene related issues due to unawareness and unavailability of Sanitary needs.
We are purchasing good quality Sanitary pads directly from manufacturers on a wholesale rate. And we are distributing pack of 10 pads per woman/girl.