In this report Gram Vikas Trust (GVT) wants to share an update of the report Train 120 youth women health leaders in Bharuch. As in the earlier reports GVT has mentioned that due to the pandemic situation many communities have affected financially. And indirectly it has affected the health related concerns of the women. Those women who have started buying the hygienic sanitary napkins had stopped buying them due to economic issues in the family.
But the major thing GVT has noticed that the girls and women that have trained by our Health Leaders are practicing the hygienic practices at home, during their menstrual period they are now little more aware to use hygienic clothes and other good practices.
In the month of December 2020, GVT has organized different training session for the local women and girls on safe and hygienic practices during menstrual period. GVT kept Training of the Trainor first, with our Health Leaders, and then the Health Leaders started approaching the local girls and women for the training. GVT has started the training program in the first week of the December and at the end of December it has reached 756 girls and women in the project villages, by 16 Health Leaders. The numbers has increased in the month of January, and has reached to 1847 girls and women.
GVT is trying to reach maximum girls and women for this training session, though the number is less in reach but GVT is trying its best for the maximum reach. Our trained Health Leaders are really making difference in the society by spreading the good messages.
The training is aiming to create the awareness among the girls and women and they start using safe and hygienic methods during their menstrual period. The numbers of Health Leaders are also increasing and through them GVT is making the difference in the life of girls and women.
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In this report GVT wants to share about the progress of our women health leaders and their efforts in making positive change in their areas on safe hygiene practices. During this pandemic situation, as many of the vulnerable community, have lost their jobs and small scale business which have directly affected the girls and women. As we all know that safe and hygiene practices are not being followed by the women in rural areas due to different reasons. And now it is being more critical for the girls and women to use sanitary napkins during their menstrual cycles due financial crisis.
In this critical time our Health Leaders, have started making aware girls and women in nearby houses, interior streets of the villages, vulnerable families of the villages and some of the vulnerable communities’ women who are socially not well connected. The Health Leaders were given special training by our staff and prepared them for this innovative work to be done in the mentioned community and parts of the villages.
Our women Health Leaders have started connecting with the girls and women from 1st July, 2020, by visiting one to one, group meeting after their training. And till date 852 girls and women are being contacted and aware on the safe hygiene practices and use of safe sanitary napkins/pads and other hygiene practices especially during their menstrual cycles. From 852 approximately 650 girls and women have selected sanitary napkins as the safe and have also purchase some of the samples for their use.
The women health leaders are really spreading the awareness on safe hygiene practices, which is really beneficial for the girls and women of the society. At GVT we are trying to engage more Health Leaders for this wonderful piece of work, for which we need some support and guidance from your end. You can connect us and share your valuable feedback for more reach.
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.
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