Even today, menstrual hygiene of Indian women is a major cause of concern. According to the data revealed by National Family Health Survey (NHFS-4), only 42 per cent of women in India between the ages of 15 and 24 use sanitary napkins. In fact, a staggering 62 per cent of women in India use or have used a cloth during menstruation.
Amid such a situation, a non-profit Pune-based organisation named ‘Samajbandh’ has taken an initiative towards women’s hygiene. The organisation makes sanitary napkins out of old clothes and distributes them among tribal women in the nearby villages. Apart from distributing sanitary pads free of cost, the group also teach the women how to make pads from old clothes.
Sachin, the founder of ‘Samajbandh’ urges people to donate their old clothes through social media. He also goes to people’s houses and collects clothes himself.
He started this initiative after his mother had to undergo an operation to remove her uterus for not taking care during menstrual period.
The organisation has reached to over 2000 women in last two years.