When we talk about pad distribution or sponsorship, several people come up to us or point out the ill effects of regular, disposable sanitary pads on environment.
And strongly suggest to curb the usage of this non-environment friendly way of sanitary hygiene management.
While we love to encourage the use of sustainable products such as menstrual cups or reusable cloth pads, but with experience, we have noticed that these products need maintenance and are not feasible in the low-income communities by large.
In most of the slums or similar areas, having access to enough water to soak and wash reusable cloth pad is extremely challenging. After washing, drying them in direct sunlight for good 3-4 hours is also not viable too. Similarly, sterilization of menstrual cup needs hot, boiling water and a separate container. Most women of the community would not appreciate the practice of sterilizing the menstrual cup on their kitchen stove or gas (yes, that is a sad but true state of affair in our society!)
Hence, in this scenario for low-income group women, our primary aim is to provide them with clean, hygienic and sterilized sanitary product. Saving them from various infections caused due to usage of unhygienic means of sanitary products is of prime and utmost importance.
Meena was a cheerful young women of 28.
Meena died after a brief illness.
Meena used an old blouse during her period which had hooks of iron, possibly rusted!
Rusted hooks caused infection in her genital area which spread through the blood stream as sepsis.
Meena could have lived longer and happier if she had used safe, clean, hygienic product during her period.
No body should die like Meena; because of lack of awareness, knowledge and resources.