India’s 1st “Sanitary Pad Bank” launched on “World Menstruation Hygiene Day (MH Day)”

globalmovie     03 Jun,2017         No Comment


Startling facts about menstruation hygiene in India:
– Only 15% of India’s menstruating women use sanitary napkins

– 66% of girls are unaware of menstruation before their first period

– 70% women think menstrual blood is dirty

– 66% of girls and women manage periods without toilets

– Over 85% of women who menstruate use unsafe materials, resort to shocking alternatives like unsanitized cloth, ashes and husk, sand and leaves

– Over 23% girls dropout of school completely after reaching puberty

The World Menstruation Hygiene Day (MH Day) was commemorated in Mumbai by the launch of India’s first ever Digital Sanitary Pad Bank through hands of Mrs. Amruta Devendra Fadnavis (wife of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Devendra Fadnanis) along with Bollywood actresses – Zeenat Aman and Nishigandha Wad. The said online pad bank is under the astute mentorship of Dr. Bharati Lavekar, renowned social worker for girl and women causes under her NGO ”Tee Foundation”.

The basic idea is to create awareness about menstruation hygiene in girls and women of all castes and communities, poor and underprivileged in urban as well as remotest rural areas across India, neglect of which can lead to serious health issues like vaginal infections, cervical and ovarian cancers. Any social organization or body can avail the benefit of getting free or subsisted pads by registering online on the NGO website- will soon followed by an app to create awareness and give regular updates regarding menstruation hygiene and related issues like first menstruation, problems faced during menstruation, infections and cervical cancer.

Excerpts from the leading dignitaries speeches:

Mrs. Amruta Devendra Fadnavis said “I duly appreciate the cause and effort put in by Dr. Bharati Lavekar and her TEE foundation in her endeavor to create awareness regarding menstruation hygiene to the gross root across the cross section. I am sure that this initiative will serve as a game changer for the future menstrual health of India.”

​r​s. Zeenat Aman said “India needs huge awareness for this cause and much needed to be done.We are way behind the global census and countries like Thailand and Kenya are ahead of us. There need to be some instant awareness program for this cause. I salute Dr. Bharati Lavekar for her gallant effort and her mission.”

Mr. Vinayak Mete said “As a man I wish to support wholeheartedly this mission and appreciate the support of Mrs.Amruta Fadnavis for this awareness program as it will strengthen the future generation and future of India.”

Dr. Bharati Lavekar said “Till now we have already distributed 1 lac. But the main mission behind this drive is to create awareness about menstruation hygiene. The situation in rural India, specifically in tribal belts is even worse. This is a very serious health issue and one needs to take immediate cognizance at the govt. and local level. I will put in all possible efforts to achieve my vision of making 40 crore Indian girls and women healthy and cancer free.”

The event was attended by eminent dignitaries, social workers, tribal girls and women from various parts. Many individuals and NGOs made donation on the occasion.One can contribution for the noble cause through PayTm or Western Union Money Transfer All donations are tax exempted under 80G.
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Ajay Pancholi

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