Pragati: A Sanitation Drive

“ Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Our country is home to many great minds from various sectors. Though the one field we really lack in is sexual education and related hygiene issues. The very natural processes of puberty and the changes they bring are still considered taboos and chapters that are skipped by teachers. This lands us in a state where menstrual hygiene is neglected and can lead to reproductive tract infections (RTI) in women.

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According to the latest data collated by the ministry of health, only 12% of women and girls have access to sanitary napkins in India while a majority of them relies on outdated, unhygienic methods during menstruation. Considering this, the Rotaract Club of Lekarz decided to do something about it. So, the rotaractors gathered and went to a local slum where they talked to the people about various topics such as menstruation, anaemia, disposal of sanitary pads and so on in order to spread awareness about the importance of menstrual hygiene . We ended this session by distributing sanitary napkins amongst the women.

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Next, they went to a local orphanage and spoke to the children about the changes that come with puberty, menstruation, sanitation and related topics. We played games and quizzes with the kids. The kids, in return, put up a performance for the rotaractors and the day ended with a note to the girls about proper usage and disposal of sanitary pads as well as awareness of Menstrual Hygiene.

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