Menstrual Hygiene Scheme for Pubescent/Teenage Girls.

Menstrual Hygiene Scheme for Pubescent/Teenage Girls - Context

This scheme was launched to create awareness of menstrual hygiene among the teenage girls (residing into rural areas). This scheme has support from the Union Government of India.

Menstrual Hygiene Scheme for Pubescent Teenage Girls.

Under the Menstrual Hygiene Scheme

  • The Union Govt. backs the scheme by providing monetary and financial assistance to all states and Union Territories of India through National Health Mission for acquisition and distribution of pack of sanitary napkins to teenage girls (from primary to adolescent girls) at low cost and subsidized rates.

This scheme is anticipated the following

  • Maximum awareness among teenage girls on Menstrual Hygiene Safety.
  • Enable easy access and provide better to high quality of pads in rural areas.
  • Awareness of appropriate disposal of Sanitary Napkins in environmental friendly manner.
  • Enabling of finance and funds to ASHA’s to conduct regular (monthly) meeting with teenage girls about menstrual hygiene and safety.

Information Education and Communication (IEC)

  • Wide range of IEC material (text, audio and video), using 360 degree of approach to enable and promote hygiene and menstrual health among teenage girls.
  • Job availability, Job-aids assistance to field workers (ASHA’s) to ice-break and communicate with adolescent girls to promote the awareness about the scheme.
  • The field workers (ASHA’s) are professionally trained and they play very important role in education and materialization of sanitary napkins.
  • Currently the Dept. of Health Research, under the Ministry of Health is engaged into assessment of finding alternative methods for the production sanitary pads environment friendly way and acceptable by Ministry of Health.

What is About Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA)?

  • The penetration of National Rural Health Mission and in rural India is not an easy task, it takes time and need to build confidence with the local community. This is accomplished by ASHA, each village of India now has trained female activist, popularly known as ASHA.
  • These Community Health Activist (ASHA) are selected from among the local rural communities and villages itself. They bridge the gap between rural community and Government’s public health system.
  • These ASHA record and keep track of the Scheme progress report at local level, and submit it to higher government hierarchy.

Important Links (External)

  1. Menstrual Hygiene for Adolescent Girls Schemes - PIB.
  2. Menstrual Hygiene Programme (National Health Mission).
  3. Public Health Research - A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis (BMJOpen).

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