women

Safe to Bleed

Project Duration

Continuous quarterly workshop

Donor / Partner

Shaathi (A local Sexual and Reproductive Health Organisation)

Location

Rayerbazar and Karail slums

Target Group

Adolescent girls

Total Beneficiary

200 underprivileged adolescent girls per workshop

Rationale

Menstruation is still treated as a taboo in Bangladesh, with discussions about menstrual health and menstrual hygiene management (MHM) only happening behind closed doors. The result is an overall lack of awareness around MHM and menstruation in general. In some cases, women themselves are not aware of the proper hygiene practices. Girls in low-resource contexts experience significant difficulties managing menstruation at school, according to formative study conducted throughout the world. These issues can stem from a variety of factors, including a lack of proper water, sanitation facilities, a lack of efficient, sanitary supplies for menstrual management, and misleading knowledge about menstruation. Considering these issues, JAAGO Foundation in collaboration with Shaati Foundation organized a health camp and conducted a survey to determine the perception of menstrual health among adolescent girls and women in Korail and Rayerbazar slum.

Objective

1. Provide awareness and guidance on the importance of menstrual health and hygiene

2. Distribution and ensure use of biodegradable cloth pads among the underprivileged adolescent

Activity Details

1. Survey – A survey was conducted by the volunteers of JAAGO Foundation to find out the slum dwellers perception on the usage of sanitary pads and their knowledge on maintaining menstrual health. 2. Health camp workshop- The workshop provided free health check-ups followed by a day long behaviour change intervention session on SRHR rights and significance of safe menstrual practice. Sessions were carried out by experts from Shaathi using their safe menstrual health practice module and youth volunteers of JAAGO foundation. In addition to this, underprivileged adolescent girls from that area were provided with three free of cost biodegradable cloth pads.

Photos

Behaviour Change intervention on Menstrual Health

The health care workers measuring pressure of an adolescent girl

The participants getting sensitized on the menstrual hygiene