Sanitary Napkin

Sanitary Napkin

Summary:

This project can produce market biodegradable sanitary napkins locally.

It will enable the women in the community to easy access of sanitary pads at a very low cost. A sanitary napkin or pad is an absorbent item worn by woman while she is menstruating, absorption on any other situation where it is necessary to absorb flow of blood.

Challenge:

Throughout the centuries, a plethora of cultural and social taboos have been associated with menstruating girls and women, as well as menstrual health. In many parts of the world, women are still not allowed to leave the confines of their homes while menstruating. Deemed “impure” and “unclean,” they are not allowed to venture freely outside their homes. Thus, girls and women are deprived of opportunities in schools, workplaces, and social settings. 

Cost-effective, affordable menstrual health products are not available usually to women with low incomes. Such women often resort to horrific means such as repeatedly using the same unsterilized cloth during menstruation, and using gunny bags or even plastic, instead of sanitary napkins. Due to these unhygienic preventative methods, women are prey to a host of illnesses and fatalities. For example, out of every 10,000 women in India, 2000 women die during childbirth due to unhygienic menstrual practices. 

Solution:

Installing a low cost sanitary pad manufacturing machine in the Bidhan Nagar slum of Kolkata will provide employment for women. It will also enable easy access to clean sanitary pads at low cost. This project also aims at employment to  ladies from the community.

Long-term impact:

The setting up of the napkin unit basically has two objectives:

  • • Social Objective: To provide low cost hygienic napkins for women easily accessible.
      • ♣ Hygiene improvement among the adolescent girls 
      • ♣ Discarding of traditional method of using /reusing cloths thereby preventing risk of cervical cancer.
    • ¬ Economic Objective: To provide a source of livelihood of individuals and self help groups
          • ♦ Increased opportunities for livelihood and employment

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Posted on

September 13, 2017

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