During the lockdown situation, our health leaders have done really good job. Many of them have not only stitched masks, but also have supported in distributing to the needy ones. As the situation of Covid-19 emerged, many of our functions were not possible, our field staff are not allowed to visit the field, as well as our beneficiaries are also advised not to visit to our centers.
Our health leaders are also not able to work in the field, and they have to remain at their home. During this situation one of our health leader, have suggested to stitch masks and distribute to our office staff and other needy person in contact with us. This idea was shared to our seniors and he really appreciate this idea. Sultanaben (name changed) who were the initiator has asked to her other friends to join in this noble cause. In few days almost 26 women (8 Health leaders) have shown their interest in stitching mask without any penny.
GVT supported these women by providing raw materials, and clothe for making the masks. The clothe were donated by one of the likeminded person. Within few days our health leaders and women have able to stitch more than 5000 masks in different sizes. Which we have distributed in slum area of Bharuch city, and some of the villages without any fees from the beneficiaries.
This noble cause were appreciated by many of the persons. GVT tries to engage other women and also wish that who are helping the needy people by stitching the masks are also paid some amount of money for their efforts. As they are giving their time as well as energy for it. Let us come together to support the needy one.
In this report, GVT wants to share some update about the empowerment of the women leaders in health aspects. In our region many of the women do not aware about the importance of being vocal during their menstrual related issues, or many more in which they feel shy or do not have exposure to share with any one. Many women suffer from minor illness and they just live their life with it without any care, which some time makes them more miserable.
Health and hygiene both comes hand in hand, many women do not give importance to hygiene practices at home. Many women do not understand about the reproductive system correctly. Our health leaders are trained on the same. So they can educate other girls and women for the better living. In GVT we have organized three different camps in which we had educated many girls and women about the reproductive system and health and hygiene related issues to be take care, as well introduce the sanitary napkin pad for the use during menstrual period.
The process is really difficult as most of the women do not open up and do not share their problems. Also it is shocking that most of the girls are not aware about the simple hygiene practices during their menstrual period. It is a long way to go for the awareness among the women, though our health leaders are confident enough to reach out the goal.
Let us come together for educating the women for healthy and happy life.
As GVT have started working closely with the women on their health related issues through safe sanitary napkins in rural Bharuch districts. Most of the girls, women do not use the sanitary pads and uses the clothes or some other ways during their menstrual periods and they come across with different health related problems. In the initial stage of our intervention our volunteers have identified that most of the girls and women are using clothes which is not properly washed or unhygienic. They do not share about their health related issues with anyone and just bear with it.
There are numbers of problems faced by the girls in the initial phase of menstrual cycle, later they just gets used to it. Our volunteers and Field Officers, are now in the phase of creating awareness about the hygienic practices through using the sanitary pads and how it becomes difficult to use the clothes and other ways.
In schools, community and wherever possible our volunteers and Field Officers are going to create awareness about the same, many girls are coming up with a positive and accepting the hygienic ways for the menstrual cycle but many are still not coming up, they just feel shy to talk about such issues. In some community it is also getting difficult for our staff to reach for such issues.
As the survey said out of 100 women only 20 to 30 women are taking care about hygienic practices during menstrual and using sanitary napkins the rest 70 to 80 women are still not ready to use it because of social taboos and other rigid culture. GVT is trying its best to create awareness and to create young leaders for positive change in the society. Let us come together to make it happen.
With the aim of creating awareness among adolescents girls and women of Bharuch District on menstrual hygiene management GVT started Asani project.
Women from rural area are not using sanitary napkin due lack of awareness, non availability at village level, high cost of marketed napkins and also shame to buy it from male shop keeper when available. To overcome these all reason and to make women and girls to use sanitary pad for better menstrual hygiene, Gram vikas trust with support of other NGO have started Asani sanitary napkin- for women by women program. In Asani program high quality low cost sanitary napkin prepared by a group of women and also sale by women at faliya level. This makes sanitary napkins both accessible and affordable to women by women in this region and also eliminate the shame involve during purchase from male shopkeeper. Simultaneously this program encourage women empowerment and to dream beyond.
With the help of SHG members, ASHA worker, local leader or any other NGO in the village our organisation runs campaigns to create awareness among adolescent girls and women about the importance of hygienic sanitation practices. We also discuss and explain the truth behind every myth and taboo. We encourage them to use clean napkins regularly and dispose of used ones properly. We also promote basic practices like washing hands after using the toilet.
GVT have impacted total 1476 Beneficiary through this awareness program in community and School at villages of Bharuch District and still working for the maximum reach. Let us come together to support the women health leaders and for the better health of the women in the rural India.
"Even today at times of emergency while working in the field or when cloth is not available we use leaves from local Sal Trees.” The women of Vasava tribe, Teliamba village of Sagbara block, Bharuch recently spoke to Gram Vikas Trust about their challenges around menstruation. The Sagbara block is surrounded by valleys, mountains and dence forest. These women still don’t have basic facilities. Even the 13 kms road stretch leading to the village is still Kaccha and uneven. A woman said, “Usually we use clothes for our menses.” On how long does a piece of cloth typically last she added, “On an average every woman has two pieces of clothes to use. We use it for months, sometimes for a year till the cloth tears off.” Gram Vikas Trust working closely with these communities for many years, told us, “These women buy clothes once a year. The astonishing fact is that many families still take credit from local Sahukars (money lenders) to buy clothes.. At this affordability rate these women are forced to use a single piece of cloth for a year.” These women know little before their menarche. They are also completely unaware of the risks of using anything and everything for menses. Their lack of knowledge and awareness about their personal health and hygiene only adds to the problem. Field Officer says about the local health system, “The local ANM comes once a week just for vaccination. Even she doesn’t have knowledge about menstrual health and hygiene. So there is no way of changing their knowledge and practices and hence they follow the primitive methods.” The absence of health facilities nearby; the nearest District health centre in Sagbara, is 35 kms away which can only be reached by a single bus plying on this route. An adolescent girl said at the meeting, “sometimes when I can’t find cloth, I skip school during menses.” Access even to a clean piece of cloth and the inability to afford cloth and /pads are major challenges women constantly face in far flung villages of India. For more than a decade now Gram Vikas Trust has been speaking to women in village India to highlight these aspects apart from reaching clean cloth to them in the shape of Asani Pads and took awareness sessions in this area.
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