TRAINING ON MAKING REUSABLE SANITARY PAD AND AWARENESS SESSION ON GENITAL/MENSTRUAL HYGIENE
Supported by Target Health Nepal in coordination with JCI Patan Lady
Menstrual Hygiene is vital to the empowerment and well-being of women and girls worldwide.Globally, at least 500 million women and girls lack proper access to menstrual hygiene facilities. Several factors influence difficult experiences with menstruation, including inadequate facilities and materials, menstrual pain, fear of disclosure, and inadequate knowledge about the menstrual cycle (World Bank 2018).
Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) is defined as:
“Women and adolescent girls are using clean menstrual management materials to absorb or collect blood that can be changed in privacy as often as necessary for the duration of the menstruation period, using soap and water for washing the body as required, and having access to facilities to dispose of used menstrual management materials" (JMP 2012).
Culture and menstruation is about cultural aspects surrounding how society views menstruation. In some societies it involves menstruation being perceived as unclean or embarrassing, inhibiting even the mention of menstruation whether in public or in private. Many traditional religions consider menstruation ritually unclean.
Cloth menstrual pads are cloth pads worn in the underwear to prevent menstrual fluid (blood from uterine lining) from leaking onto clothes. Generally they are made from layers of absorbent fabrics (such as cotton or hemp) which are worn during menstruation.
Cloth menstrual pads are environmentally friendly. In the long term, it is less expensive to buy or make by hand cloth menstrual pads. Cloth menstrual pads, like all menstrual pads, remove the risk of toxic shock syndrome associated with tampons.
Phulchowki Secondary School was established as a community School and located in Thaiba, Lalitpur. It is affiliated to National Examination Board (NEB) and Council of Technical Education and Vocational Training (CTEVT).
Aims and Objective of the Project:
· To increase the level of awareness on menstrual hygiene practice among adolescence.
· To discuss the role and responsibilities of individual to withdraw menstrual taboos.
· To provide Training on making handmade reusable sanitary pad.
Awareness session was conducted to total 55 students of Grade 9 while training was conducted among those who showed interest.
Project Implemented site:
Phulchowki Secondary School located in Thaiba, Lalitpur.
Nearly 4 hours
Budget: Rs. 2,503
Phase I [Awareness Session]
· First of all, we started with an introduction. Thereafter we brainstorm students to know their expectation regarding the awareness session and training.
· An awareness session was conducted discussing General concept (Menstruation and Cycle, Menstrual Hygiene, Myths, Yoga, Sanitary Napkins)we then shared menstrual stories and menarche experiences. Some of the students were also curious to learn more and we satiated their queries one by one.
· After hearing their experienceswe asked about their opinion and took photographs and wrapped up the session.
Before the training
· Half an Hour of Lunch break was given to students.
· School Hall was cleaned and sitting arrangement was done.
· Guideline of training was prepared. And materials were made ready.
· Interested name was taken one day before the training.
· “Falatin cloth”
· Water proof cloth
· Needle and Thread
· Cardboard/chart paper
Phase II [Training]
· The training was conducted from 1:15 - 3.30 pm. 26 adolescence girls participated in the training.
During the training
· Trainer Prashna Prasai told advantages of reusable Sanitary pads, the way to clean it properly and methods to make it.
· Guideline was distributed to all the students. And 4 groups were made of 6 and 7 students. Each trainer Anjila Poudel, Prashna Prasai, Rasmila Pyatha and Pratigya Sharma monitored each group.
· The training was conducted successfully.
After the training, we asked feedback about the training session. We took photograph and ended the session.
· All the participants were able to make handmade reusable pads.
· They had clear understanding of genital and menstrual hygiene.