Surakshit Mahawari Abhiyan (SMA)/Safe menstrual health campaign was initiated by Vikalp design Udaipur and Jatan to empower adolescents, women and youth on menstrual issues. Menstruation has been a grossly misunderstood subject with irrational taboos and practices across India these past many hundred years. Even today, it remains a silent and secluded subject. . Men are either excluded from menstruation conversations, or they exclude themselves, seeing this as not their business. SMA is an effort to change this status quo. This movement eradicates the myths associated with menstruation and breaks the silence. Improved solutions for menstrual management through its innovative UGER range of washable and reusable sanitary napkins is another important aspect to the movement. These napkins are safe and eco-friendly.
The three broad action areas under the SMA campaign include:
1. Research: Studies and research are conducted for understanding the issue of menstruation, community practices, behavior and perceptions on the subject, patterns of usage and affordability of products for menstrual management, menstrual management for the physically challenged and involvement of government and other organizations and institutions through various interventions. Lakshmi Murthy, a trustee of Jatan has been pursuing a PhD on menstrual management and is conducting research in the field area.
2. Awareness and sensitization program: Seminars, workshops and exhibitions are conducted for adolescents, youth and the community at large with the aim to dialogue and dissolve the myths around menstruation and sensitize the community towards a woman’s special needs. The idea is also to help women enjoy and respect their own body. Adolescent girls and women are also made aware of the health and hygiene issues and safe menstrual management practices. Up till 2013, 45 seminars have been conducted for adolescent girls and women from government schools, universities, colleges in the urban and peri urban areas of Udaipur city. Jatan has also participated through an exhibit at the Nirmal Bharat Yatra(Indian government’s flagship program for sanitation and hygiene).Jatan also organized a conference on ‘Menstrual Management in the contemporary context’ in Udaipur in 2014 with participation from across India for knowledge sharing on the subject.
3. UGER pads: In its endeavor to provide a safe menstrual management solution, Jatan in partnership with Vikalp Design has developed the UGER range of sanitary napkins. The word Uger means a new beginning in Mewadi language which is the local language of South Rajasthan. We see Uger pads as a new beginning in the way we think about and manage menstruation. The pads are made of pure cotton fabric and are safe, reusable, washable, and affordable and an environment friendly option as compared to the disposable pads available in the market today. Most of the disposable pads in eth market are made of plastic derivatives and does not bio degrade, additional these pads are not cool to skin like cotton fabric. The pads were launched in 2011 under the guidance of Lakshmi Murthy, who is pursuing a doctorate on the subject on menstruation and menstrual management from IIT Bombay. The pads are produced by an economically disadvantaged women’s self help group based in the slums of Udaipur offering them a supplementary income option. UGER pads were showcased at the University of South Australia, Whyalla during the International Rural Network Forum in 2012.
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