Amravati: In a welcome initiative, the Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government will provide free sanitary napkins to adolescent girls studying in government educational institutions. The Chief Minister will launch the “Swachhta” (Freedom) program at his camp office on Tuesday (October 5, 2021).
According to officials, State government The program is being launched keeping in mind the health and hygiene of women and adolescent girls. Under this initiative, ten sanitary napkins will be given every month to around 10 lakh adolescent girls studying between 7th to 12th standard in all government schools and intermediate colleges across the state.
The initiative also aims to reduce absenteeism of girl students during menstruation and prioritize their hygiene and health.
The officials will distribute napkins once every two months to girl students studying in over 10,000 schools and colleges across the state.
In addition, the government, in partnership with UNICEF, WASH and P&G, will also organize special awareness classes on menstruation and the importance of health and hygiene.
According to the Water Supply and Sanitation Cooperation Council, about 23 percent of girls in India drop out due to lack of access to sanitary napkins, lack of proper facilities in schools and colleges, including running water in toilets and lack of basic amenities. disposal facilities. Similarly, the National Family Health Survey – 4 (2015-16) states that only 56 per cent of women aged 15-24 use sanitary napkins, while in the National Family Health Survey – 5 (2019-20) It was found that the number rose to 69 percent.
On the occasion of International Women’s Day on March 8 this year, the state government brought cleanliness program under the purview of Ministry of Women and Child Welfare to create awareness on menstrual hygiene.
Quality sanitary napkins will also be made available at affordable prices in all YSR Cheyutha stores for women in urban and rural areas.