Studies Undertaken In Slums And Resettlement Colonies Highlight Poor Knowledge Of Menstruation

In view of the covid 19 pandemic and on the  on the eve of the menstrual hygine day the Sulabh School Sanitation Club & WSSCC  organised a short awareness session for the adolescent girls and women in slums in Delhi.

Several studies undertaken in slums and resettlement colonies of india have highlighted poor knowledge of menstruation, especially prior to menarche, the practice of several restrictions during menstruation, poor menstrual hygiene practices and associated morbidities.

However, the need for more information and awareness among both adolescent girls and their mothers (who are the primary source of information), both in urban and rural contexts is the need of the hour, Because unsupportive environments, access to and use of products and unmet water, sanitation and hygiene (wash) and health needs in slums are critical issues during the COVID- 19 pandemic.

In view of the covid 19 pandemic and on the  on the eve of the menstrual hygine day the Sulabh School Sanitation Club & WSSCC  organised a short awareness session for the adolescent girls and women of  Chitra vihar JJ cluster located at Preet Vihar , New delhi.  The session was attended by  15- 20 girls of the  JJ cluster.

This child to child session was facilitated by the child club members of sulabh sanitation club .The problems faced by the young girls related to menstrual hygine during COVID-19  was discussed in a very informal  session by adhering to the social distancing measures.
Large number of sanitary napkins , face masks, dettol soaps  were distributed to all the participants in this session. Information materials supplied by water sanitation & collaborative council were also distributed to the participants.

Simran, a class x student from this slum narrated the problem of the availability of the  sanitary napkins for the last 40-50 days. since she was getting some supply from her school , that also stopped after the lock down as the schools were closed.

Kumkum a girl from the same slum highlighted the problems related to water supply and lack of toilets during this pandemic. She said most of the toilets were mostly full whenever she went to change her sanitary napkin. She said  since most of the women folk stayed at home during the lock down, the public toilet ( which was very small ) in their slum was always being used by the women for cleaning clothes or utensils. It was a real problem to find a private place to change soiled napkins.

All the girls thanked sulabh sanitation club  and WSSCC for coming to this slum at this difficult time. The girls were happy to see young students of sanitation club talking to them just like their friends.

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