Tuesday April 7, 2020

Sanitary pad vending machines to bridge rural-urban health gap


Amritsar: A low-cost sanitary napkin was launched on Monday by the Amritsar administration, which would be available through vending machines installed at several government schools across the district for rural and urban household girls.

The introduction of a cheaper alternative to the expensive and non-biodegradable sanitary napkins in the market would be a blessing to girls in the menstruating age group.

Ravi Bhagat, the deputy commissioner of Amritsar, who initiated this idea, said that the purpose of the project was to bring a revolution in the hygiene levels of these young girls.

The pads, called ‘NAARI V CARE’, are being produced with the help of machines by the Nari Niketan inmates. The district administration had already been training the inmates in stitching, embroidery and tailoring, as Bhagat informed.

“NAARI stands for ‘Nari Niketan and Red Cross Initiative’,” said Bhagat.

A five-pad packet will be priced at Rs 10 while a packet of two pads will cost Rs 5.

He added that a certain number of pads will be distributed among the district girls for free.

The poor state of physical health in rural adolescent girls appalled Bhagat, who understood this to be the cause of poor immunity and multiple health problems.

Thus, this initiative would help to bring in an overall development of the district’s women, as it seeks to bridge the huge health options gap between girls from rural and urban backgrounds.

According to the DC, the decision to install the napkin vending machines in schools was taken as most girls felt too shy to purchase them from shops.

“With this unique skill set added to their kitty, the Nari Niketan inmates will be able to generate a good livelihood for themselves as a part of the sale proceeds will go to them,” said Bhagat. (image: hopebuilding.pbworks.com)


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Schools in Agra Will Soon Be Getting Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

The idea behind the whole thing is to enable young girls to grow into an empowered young woman and put an end to period taboos

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26 Agra schools to get sanitary pad vending machines. Pixabay

Twenty six schools in the Taj city, Agra will soon get sanitary pad vending machines installed, a Uttar Pradesh official said on Saturday.

They have been gifted by social entrepreneur and founder of Nine, Amar Tulsiyan in a bid to raise awareness about menstruation and de-stigmatise the natural phenomenon.

The machines have already reached the principals of — Holi Public School in Sikandra, Sachdeva Millenium School in Shashtripuram, Agra Public School in Viajy Nagar, Artoni and Shahdra Chungi, Andrew Public School in Balkeshwar, Kamla Nagar, St Andrew Public School in Baruli and Dr MS World School among others. They would be installed as soon as the mid-term exams were over.

Agra schools
School Children. Wikimedia

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Shudh Plus hygiene products CEO Richa Singh told IANS her firm has entered into a Rs 80 crore MoU with the state and would soon be donating 20 more such machines, along with menstrual hygiene tool kits in Allahabad, Varanasi and other small towns and cities across the state.

“The idea behind the whole thing is to enable young girls to grow into an empowered young woman and put an end to period taboos,” the official said. (IANS)