Menstrual health awareness among rural communities is below par and there is a significant need for low-cost environmental-friendly menstrual hygiene management & disposal solutions
In India, menstrual awareness is generally poor in rural communities and young women do not have access to reliable information (several myths & misconceptions) about their reproductive health & rights. Only 35% of menstruating women in India use sanitary napkins. Due to poor menstrual health awareness, lakhs of girls drop out of schools in the rural parts of the country.
A woman in her menstruating years generates 125kg of sanitary waste, which ends in landfills through the usage of sanitary pads. Sanitary pad disposal by conventional means affect the health of sanitary workers and increase carbon footprint.
A holistic solution to address the challenges in creating menstrual health awareness, access to low-cost & environmental friendly pads & efficient ways to dispose of the sanitary waste is needed for both rural & semi-urban communities.