Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India

by Reaching Hand
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India

Project Report | May 22, 2020
Small Steps to a Giant Leap

By Devika Menon | Manager Resource Development and CSR

SHY AWAY THE TABOO AND MARCH TOWARDS A HEALTHY AND STRONG FUTURE.

Thousands of girls are trained and equipped to battle the taboo and poor sanitation facilities to accomplish some very essential menstrual hygiene through the Girls Glory Programme, every year. The story wasn’t any different this year. 857 Adolescent girls attended the Menstrual Hygiene Workshop and had a perceptive about puberty, menstruation, menstrual cycle, hygiene management etc. Menstrual Hygiene Management information was shared during video clips on usage and disposal of sanitary napkin through these girls had a sound knowledge on menstrual hygiene practices. Through Workshops it created space for the students to openly discuss their issues and problems faced during their menstruation.

Contemplation and comprehension at FGDs

Focus group discussion was conducted in 3 schools at Jakkur, Thippanahalli and Kannahalli. The purpose of this FGD was to understand and assess the current      knowledge         and awareness about menstruation among adolescent girls. Along with FGDs in-depth interviews were also conducted to understand the personal hygiene practices, taboos and the means of disposing of sanitary pads and menstrual challenges and needs etc. The study was done with the sample size of 25 -30 respondents from higher primary and high schools.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                        

 

Some of the findings from the FGDs were: Totally 30% of the girls were not aware of puberty as they have not attained puberty hence they were informed on the same. 60% of the girls were not aware on the bodily changes occurs during the puberty stage. 45% of girls were open to share and without hesitation talked about menstruation. All the girls stated that menstrual cycle and discharge of blood is not good for health. 85% of girls were not aware that iron supplement is highly essential for girls to prevent them from being anemic and they are unaware of the food items fruits and vegetables which are rich in protein. Cent percent girls shared that they often feel uncomfortable during menstrual days as they are unaware about the menstrual hygiene management. 75% of the respondents shared that they have issues of irregularities and stomach pains and they have not approached doctors for the same.

 

Action Through Participation

The WASH committees were formed in GHPS Thipenahalli and GMPS Jakkur. Prior to the formation of the committees, children who were interested in the health leadership were shortlisted and oriented to participate in the campaign/election. After the campaign all the students exercised their franchise and casted their votes in selecting their leaders. Totally 110 actively participated and casted their valuable votes and elected their WASH committee leaders.

Students were educated on importance of adopting good menstrual hygiene practice to enjoy good health in pursuing their education, best practices on hygiene management.

 

Small Steps To a Giant Leap

Girls who are part of the programme, have an understanding on how to calculate their menstrual cycle, which was one of the major drawbacks as most of the girls come unprepared to school during their menstruation days. Menstrual Hygiene Management was explained during the sensitization workshop. Girls are now acquainted on the proper usage and disposal of sanitary napkins.

Case Study

See the anecdote from a girl of GHPS Thippenahalli, Bangalore, to understand the transformation ‘Girls Gory’ is causing:

Reaching Hand sensitized us on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM). Many of us were embarrassed during the session. I had many questions in my mind to clarify but I was hesitant to ask. Later I gained confidence and clarified my doubts. I was advised by my parents that once girls attain puberty, they cannot take part in sport activity to avoid health complications. Hence, I restricted myself in taking part in sports, although I was very much interested. MHM session was an eye opener for me to find answer for all my doubts. Now I am confident of breaking the myth and participate in sports activities whole heartedly says”

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