SCHOOLS IN INDIA MUST DEVELOP BETTER AWARENESS & INFRASTRUCTURE FOR PERIODS, SHOWS 5TH ANNUAL EVERTEEN MENSTRUAL HYGIENE SURVEY

More than 51% women respondents say Indian schools do not have a proper system to prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods. Nearly 59% women feel schools lack adequate facilities for girls to change and dispose sanitary pads off. With the Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 falling on 28 May, feminine hygiene brand everteen has launched the fifth edition of its annual Menstrual Hygiene Survey. The everteen menstrual hygiene survey was conducted amongst 7000 Indian women participating from various cities of India including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, and Kolkatta. Over 51% women respondents claimed that Indian schools do not have adequate systems to educate or mentally prepare teen and adolescent girls regarding the onset of menstrual periods. More than 95% women asserted that Indian school system should have some awareness programs to prepare girls on the subject. The everteen Menstrual Hygiene Survey also revealed that during adolescence, nearly 60% women did not have any prior knowledge about menstrual periods. In fact, as many as 38% women had first misinterpreted it as an injury or disease. In terms of infrastructure, almost 59% women felt that schools do not have adequate cleanliness of public toilets or facilities for girls to change and dispose sanitary pads off. Chirag Pan, CEO, PAN Healthcare, says, “Menstrual hygiene and wellness have been known issues in the Indian context. While there has been progress in recent years, it is imperative that we leverage our strength in the Indian value based systems and inculcate the importance of good menstrual hygiene from the onset of puberty itself. Schools can and must play a...