Health & Hygiene
Health and Hygiene
Health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity. Physical health and mental health are inter-related. ‘A sound mind lives in a sound body’ is an old and appropriate saying regarding good health. Education is not possible without good health, that is why we organize health camps in rural and slums area in order to provide free health check-ups.
Women spend over 30 years of their lives menstruating. Yet the importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is mostly neglected. Menstrual hygiene is a taboo subject, a topic that many women are uncomfortable discussing in public. This problem is compounded by rampant gender inequality in our society, which excludes women and girls from decision-making processes. Seventy percent of mothers consider menstruation a ‘dirty’ topic. Our approach is to promote awareness among girls and women and their families and introduce new, low-cost, locally appropriate and simple solutions.
In India, recently, there has been increasing recognition of the importance of menstrual hygiene. Ministries recognize that MHM can improve young women’s health, nutritional status and well-being, as well as the potential for their school enrolment and retention, thereby conferring long-term health, social, and economic benefits. We make efforts towards embedding measures within the system to promote menstrual hygiene and give women and girls the confidence and space to voice their need for improved menstrual hygiene. Our work focuses on integrating menstrual hygiene management into the programs and policies across key sectors.