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Pads to stop girls missing school

Focus: Girl Child , Health

8% Funded
SKIPPING school every month due to a lack of access to sanitation and menstrual hygiene products is an acute problem in slums and villages. At ₹400, you can fund reusable eco pads for one girl for a whole year.

The normal bodily function of a monthly period is a leading cause for adolescent girls' absence from school, second after domestic chores.

Worse, due to high costs, 80% of girls and women in India don't use sanitary pads and resort to fabric, ash, sand and barks of trees instead. IHMP hope to give 500 vulnerable girls two high quality reusable pads which will serve them for a whole year before needing to be replaced.

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Every ₹540 will cover one girl's eco pads for a whole year!

IHMP has raised enough to fund reusable eco pads for 23 girls.

IHMP are re-launching this Fundraiser to try and complete its target. Note that the pad's costs have gone down from ₹540 to ₹400!


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%.

Reusable pads will improve girls' menstrual experiences and help keep them in school

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.

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.

Montgomery et al., Menstruation and the Cycle of Poverty, PLOS One (Journal)

Approximately 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene - it can also affect maternal mortality.

Vibeke Venema, broadcast journalist and writer, BBC World Service

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.

Girls will be informed and educated on the benefits of reusable pads during workshops