International MHD celebrated in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/28/2020 9:30:06 AM IST

Menstrual Initiative Nagaland (MIN) under community health initiative (CHI) celebrated International Menstrual Hygiene Day (IMHD) in Nagaland on May 28 by spreading awareness on taboos related to menstruation via social media.

A press release from CHI, Dr. Rhondemo A. Kikon stated that MIN led by the director, Loreni Sophia, donated 3500 biodegradable sanitary pads to marginalised women and girls in Nagaland under “periods don’t stop for pandemics” project.

Meanwhile, MIN met local administration and donated around 130 biodegradable sanitary packets to V. Lovitoly Sema, additional deputy commissioner to be distributed to COVID-19 quarantine centers in Dimapur. 

The release stated that menstruation was a normal biological process, key to maintaining reproductive wellbeing of a woman and that taboos and myths in society had resulted in a high level of secrecy about basic menstruation facts. It also stated that inaccessible washing, limited information and materials are barriers for women and girls with disabilities managing their menstruation hygienically and with dignity.

It may be noted that according to the national family health survey 2015-2016, 336 million menstruating women in India, about 121 million (roughly 36 percent) women were using sanitary napkins, locally or commercially produced. 

Further, Loreni emphasised that to attain menstrual health, community involvement as well as government, private sector, civil society and NGOs were required.

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