The Covid-19 pandemic brought with it several major problems, and menstrual hygiene management was one of them. It became increasingly difficult for the underprivileged families to afford food and maintain hygiene at the same time during the lockdown imposed by the Government of India to curb the spread of the deadly virus. Naturally, the families chose food over sanitation. This led to females of these families resorting to the old habit of using cloth during menstruation. If not managed properly, the use of cotton cloth can lead to various problems like infections and rashes.

Taking cognizance of these problems faced by BPL (below poverty line) families, EGGF ran a campaign and delivered survival kits to such girls at their doorstep which contained a pack of sanitary pads, a fabric mask and a soap. This kit was helpful to the girls in maintaining hygiene in the times of the Corona virus.

The area for distribution was village Ranipokhri, district of Dehradun in the state of Uttarakhand. 10 areas in the interior region of village Ranipokhri were visited for the distribution. Another area covered was Mothorawala, Dehradun.

444 girls benefitted through this campaign.

Each distribution drive included an education session along with the distribution of the survival kits. The education session included topics like:

  • What is menstruation?
  • Why does it happen?
  • What problems do we face during this time?
  • Why are sanitary pads important?
  • How can we keep ourselves safe from infection?
  • What are myths about periods which we should ignore?
  • These sessions were followed by a question-answer round. Girls discussed their problems and asked for suggestions and/or tips for healthy menstrual hygiene management.

    By: Jasleen Sethi