Odisha: On the occasion of World Menstrual Hygiene Day, Vedanta’s Lanjigarh unit organised an awareness programme in Baterlima village in Kalahandi district in Odisha to raise awareness on menstrual hygiene management.
Menstruation is still a taboo in India and it is common for people across society to feel uncomfortable about the subject. This continues to affect access to safe products by women in rural India, and restrict freedom and health of young women.
The programme evaluated the knowledge of participating women on menstruation, encouraged them to share their stories and the issues they faced, and informed them of ways to overcome the challenges. There were also discussions on the right use of sanitary pads, and nurses from Vedanta Hospital oriented attendees about the normal and abnormal conditions of menstruation and the necessity, at times, to consult a doctor.
Jyotsna Rani, Lady Supervisor, Lanjigarh, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) informed them about various government programmes, such as Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and SABLA programme of Ministry of Women & Child Development.