Health and hygiene of women has been one of the important concern over the years. The awareness about menstrual hygiene and the importance of using sanitary napkins is absent. 80 to 90% of women in rural India do not have access to sanitary napkins and use alternatives like pieces of rag, ash, sand and husk. As a result, almost 1 in every 4 adolescent girl in the country quits school when she hits puberty. Poor menstrual hygiene is also responsible for almost 70% of reproductive diseases in India. Using unclean cloth during menstruation can increase the risk of infections by up to 200%.
The worldwide incidence of cervical cancer is approximately 510,000 new cases annually, with approximately 288,000 deaths worldwide. In India, every year 122844 cases and 67477 death And 334 cases per day 185 deaths every day, It means per 8 minutes one women’s death. Poor menstrual hygiene can cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection and Urinary Tract Infection which might lead to cervical cancer. Women who practice unhygienic practices are also vulnerable to infertility.

Why should lack of sanitary napkins and superstitions stand as a barrier for Indian women?

Dr. Rashmi Khandelwal, Brand Ambassador of Protect Girl Movement.