Sanitary Napkins Current Affairs - 2019

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Project Kannamma

Project Kannamma is the initiative of the Rotary Club of Madras North to provide sanitary napkins to the students.

Project Kannamma

  • It was started in August of 2018 by providing free, biodegradable sanitary napkins to 82 students at the Government High School in Uthandi of Tamil Nadu.
  • Today under the Project Kannamma, sanitary napkins are provided to over 300 students from across Government Schools in and around Chennai.
  • The sanitary napkins are provided by the Irula Tribal Women’s Welfare Society (ITWWS).
  • Women from the ITWWS make 1000 pads per day, using Arunachalam Muruganantham machines.
  • The sanitary napkin, under the brand Aavaram, is prepared with natural raw materials such as cotton and wood pulp, and a pack of six costs just Rs 22.
  • The teachers are given the requisite number of packs per month and they distribute the pads to the students.

The project is also supporting the livelihood of the Irula Tribal Women. If the group sells 15,000 pads per month, it can sustain the families of 12 tribal women.

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Khushi Scheme of Odisha

Khushi scheme of Odisha aims to provide good menstrual hygiene care to women of the state. The initiative aims to promote health and hygiene among school going adolescent girls leading to higher retention in school and greater empowerment of women.

About the Initiative

Under the scheme, the government will provide free sanitary napkins to 17 lakh girls studying in Classes 6 to 12 in government and government-aided schools. The scheme is being implemented by the health and family welfare department of the state at a cost of Rs 70 crore per year.

Why the scheme has been initiated?

As per the data of the National Family Health Survey, in Odisha 53 per cent women use unhygienic methods and around 69 per cent women use cloth during menstruation. To address this dire scenario, the Odisha government has initiated Khushi Scheme.

The government of Odisha is also providing sanitary napkins to rural women at subsidised rates of Rs. 6 for six napkins through ASHA workers.

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