Oxigen believes that rural woman’s health and welfare is of prime importance and conducts menstrual hygiene camps with an aim to create awareness on adopting hygienic practices amongst women. More than 300 million women and girls in India do not have access to safe menstrual hygiene products, endangering their health, curtailing their education and putting their livelihoods at risk.
Women groups are educated on the proper usage and disposal of sanitary pads as well. In these awareness camps, there is also a free distribution of sanitary pads to encourage usage.
This initiative is then handed over to an enterprising local woman, who is not only trained to impart awareness but is also supported in setting up of a small manufacturing unit for sanitary napkins. This is done with the belief that it will serve the dual purpose of livelihood opportunities to women and availability of the product to rural women as well, and enabling them to adopt hygienic practices.
The outcome of this programme is:
Conducting consultation with gynecologists, 8,890 women have benefited, thereby providing them folic acid and iron capsules on a regular basis.
In a bid to spread awareness about the benefits of adopting hygienic practices within women folk in Gorakhpur and its adjoining small villages, Sahyog Foundation in collaboration with NGO - Urja Energy has set up a low cost sanitary napkin manufacturing plant, to generate women employment and provide low cost sanitary napkins to women in Gorakhpur.
The aim of the project is to overcome problems of availability and affordability of sanitary napkins in the region.