Pads to stop girls missing school
Focus: Girl Child , Health
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Every ₹540 will cover one girl's eco pads for a whole year!
IHMP need more time so they can raise more funds, so this fundraiser has been extended.
IHMP has raised enough to fund reusable eco pads for 23 girls.
Almost 63million girls have either no access to toilets or have to make do with unclean facilities, particularly in urban slums. This means they usually wait until night time to use public toilets or fields, and change whatever form of protection they use during menstruation, infrequently. This together with the use of unsanitary replacements has increased incidences of reproductive tract infections among adolescent girls by 70%.WHY PUNE AND JALNA SLUMS AND VILLAGES
There are many obstacles preventing young girls in the slums and villages of Pune and Jalna from attending school, including having to travel long distances, safety, a lack of hygienic toilets at school and household chores. According to a study by IHMP, 40-50% of the girls here also have unsanitary menstrual practices which keep them at home and away from peers in class. This makes affordable and safe solutions urgent and imperative.
Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene - it can also affect maternal mortality.
Particularly for poorer girls, the most disadvantaged in access to education, the management of menses presents a significant obstacle to health, comfort, and engagement with school.
Once the fundraiser is complete, IHMP will purchase and distribute the reusable eco pads to girls during their sexual reproductive health workshops, where adolescent girls are taught about periods and menstrual hygiene. Community health workers will work alongside IHMP and, during home visits, will also inform and educate the parents on the benefits of these pads, so their daughters are persuaded to drop unsafe menstrual practices.