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How do we increase the awareness and acceptance of Sanitary napkins made from local materials at a subsidized rate for adolescent girls and women in India?

Postby chanana.ak@nic.in » Mon Mar 07, 2011 11:06 am

How do we increase the awareness and acceptance of Sanitary napkins made from local materials at a subsidized rate for adolescent girls and women in India?
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Re: How do we increase the awareness and acceptance of Sanitary napkins made from local materials at a subsidized rate for adolescent girls and women in India?

Postby rishabhgupta12@yahoo.co.in » Tue Sep 13, 2011 9:22 am

for awareness it requires literacy. In rural India where people don't talk about periods the only way to reach and create awareness is through healthcare system, wherein the ANMs and the lady doctors at PHCs be the messengers. ANM will be the key in this case wherein they first need to tell women, and make them understand the use. Also through this we will be able to deal with the stigma wherein women do not understand the menstrual problems and diseases, which will they come to surface and by creating awareness and use of sanitary napkins we can have better personal hygiene.
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Re: How do we increase the awareness and acceptance of Sanitary napkins made from local materials at a subsidized rate for adolescent girls and women in India?

Postby anu.shini@gmail.com » Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:19 pm

I think if the quality of these sanitary napkins given at a subsidized rate is good they are bound to get wide acceptance. Thus ensuring quality is very important.

Other than that, educating women, adolescents and also men about the physiological process of menstruation is important. Role of male family members should not be forgot as they decide how to spend their money and it is men who decide what should women in their families do whatever may be the issue.

Sanitary napkins should be available everywhere i.e. not only in PHCs/health care centers/pharmacies but also at ration shops (PDS shops or private). ANMs/ASHA workers should supply these napkins to the households and this supply should not be on demand but rather as a monthly supply.

Culture, taboos play a major role in this regard. It is necessary to care of community's beliefs.

Schools, gramsabhas should take active part in increasing awareness.

If this scheme becomes successful we can build much more on this success in providing health care services for women and children.
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