Rotary launches Project Sumitra for menstrual hygiene
Project Sumitra was launched today on Rotary International District 3150's Girl Child Empowerment Day by the Rotary Club of Hyderabad Deccan (RCHD) - RI District 3150, which was chartered in 1988 and is a 100% Paul Harris Fellow club. The project aims to encourage and facilitate the use of sustainable menstrual hygiene products, thereby improving health, the environment, and livelihoods for girls.
About 36% of India's 336 million menstruation women use single-use disposable sanitary napkins, which amounts to 12.3 billion pads every year, resulting in massive amounts of menstrual waste. Only the city of Bangalore produces about 90,000 kg of solid garbage each day. Every year, Indians spend Rs. 17,000 crore on this environmentally disastrous "necessity". Disposable products, on the other hand, are a veritable plastic cornucopia: they can't be recycled or reused, end up in landfills, and take hundreds of years to disintegrate. They also release harmful dioxins and furans if they are burned. Disposable napkins contain harmful chemicals that can lead to skin infections, rashes, and other ailments. They're also quite pricey, to say the least.
Reusable sanitary pads are chemical- and pesticide-free thanks to their organic and biodegradable materials. They are constructed of medical-grade silicone, which has no effect on the body's pH and reduces infection risk. Reusable products have a longer lifespan and generate less waste in the landfill. Cloth pads can be composted just like regular toilet paper. Reusable items' low costs and convenience can also help cut down on tardiness in schools, colleges, and the industry. The bottom of the pyramid does not gain from disposable products. Women's groups manufacture and sell reusable goods, which are then dispersed across the community by evangelists and other counsellors. As a result of this network's personal relationships and trust, future health and habit change programmes will have an enormous advantage.
The objectives of Project Sumitra are to create a local production facility where women in the area may make cloth sanitary products. Slash supply chain expenses to make menstruation cups that are both safe and comfortable available to the public at a reasonable cost. Create self-help groups to evangelise, teach, and sell/distribute the items you're distributing in your community.
Sumitra Project partnered with Rotary Club of Jubilee Hills Charity Trust, IJM (India) Infrastructure Limited, and Helping Hands Rotary Trust are the facilitation partners. Bum Print Baby, Nirmaan Organization, No Food Waste, and Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust are some of the organisations helping with implementation and Rotary Clubs of Abhyuday Hyderabad, Chandanagar, Lake District Moinabad, Smart Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Secunderabad Icons, Secunderabad West, and the Hyderabad Deccan Satellite Club.