A 2016 landscape analysis titled Menstrual Health in India observed that of nearly 355 million girls in India who have reached menarche, 71 percent reported having no information about
menstruation before their first period
In India, only 48% of adolescent girls are aware of what menstruation is before getting their first period.
Around 23 million girls in India drop out of school every year due to a lack of menstrual hygiene management facilities
Low income and poverty certainly limit a family’s ability to manage menstrual hygiene. Cost of hygiene products, washing facilities, and waste management is an expensive affair. Women
from the highest wealth quintile are more than four times as likely
to use a hygienic method as women from the lowest wealth
quintile (89% versus 21%). (Source: NFHS-4). Reduction in income,
loss of livelihood due to COVID has further added to the gap.
Poor care quality leads to more deaths than insufficient access to
healthcare–1.6 million Indians died due to poor quality of care in
2016, nearly twice as many as due to non-utilization of healthcare
services (838,000 persons).
Almost 122 Indians per 100,000 die due to poor quality of care
each year, the study said, showing up India’s death rate due to
poor care quality as worse than that of Brazil (74), Russia (91),
China (46) and South Africa (93) and even its neighbors Pakistan
(119), Nepal (93), Bangladesh (57) and Sri Lanka (51).
An estimated 8.6 million deaths in low- and middle-income
countries every year are due to conditions treatable by healthcare,
of which 5 million result from poor quality of care and 3.6 million
from insufficient access to care, according to The Lancet Global
Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems, whose report
has been published in the medical journal The Lancet on
September 6, 2018.Source: The Lancet
“Surya Foundation’s envision is where every girl can learn, play, and safeguard her own health without experiencing stress, shame, or unnecessary barriers to information or supplies during menstruation. “Meeting the hygiene needs of all adolescent girls is a fundamental issue of human
rights, dignity, and public health.”
Our initial goal is to install sanitary pad vending machine
to 1000 villages of Maharashtra and spread awareness for safe use and disposal.
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Various government sponsored schemes do not reach the needy due to lack of awareness. The plethora of insurance schemes will also fail to deliver unless corrective action is taken. At present, there are 39 government sponsored schemes including Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY).
According to the insurance regulatory development authority (IRDA) throws up a shocker: an insurance company has a claim ratio of as low as 31% when it comes to settling claims under government insurance schemes. This means that out of 100 earned from premium collections, the payout in terms of any claim is only 31.
“Reach out to people, understand their life, avail them the health
benefits that governments provide, walk with them to tackle all the
hurdles and provide financial support for medical aid.”