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Sudan, Mundri: better hygiene means more girls stay in school

Many girls who do manage to go school in South Sudan, are forced to stay home one week a month – that’s three months a year, because there is no money to buy sanitary napkins. The Swedish SCA group, through its brands Libresse, Edet and Tork, is sponsoring a project by Oxfam Novib and Mundri Relief and Development Association (MRDA) to improve school sanitation in South Sudan.

Together with MRDA, Libresse is providing scholarships to girls and comfort kits, hygiene bags that include sanitary napkins, soap, underwear and washing powder. Edet is financing the construction of school toilets in the Mundri region of South Sudan. Tork is providing rainwater harvesting systems, soap and handwashing facilities.

The budget for the three-year project (2010-2012) in Mundri is 4.5 million and aims to cover 55 schools and build 16 rainwater harvesting systems. SCA and Oxfam Novib launched their partnership on 17 March 2010. Libresse and Edet are donating part of the proceeds from the sale of their personal hygiene products (sanitary napkins, toilet paper and tissues) to the project. Consumers who buy the products are also encouraged to donate money to the project through Oxfam Novib.

Libresse and Edet have launched campaign web sites for the Mundri school sanitation project. The media campaign also includes a promotional TV commercial that is currently airing on Dutch TV.

In March 2010, SCA’s Tempo brand donated 200,000 Euros to WaterAid for water and sanitation projects in Uganda.

Campaign web sites (in Dutch): Oxfam Novib ; SCA Hygiene Helpt ; Edet helpt ; Libresse helpt ; Tork helpt

See below a Oxfam Novib promotional video and the TV commercial for the school sanitation project in Mundri that is currently airing on Dutch TV.

India, West Bengal: hygiene matters – self-help group manufactures cheap sanitary napkins

For several communities in India, menstruation is an excuse to treat women as `untouchables’ for seven days a month, and denied the right to participate in social customs. But women in the backward Purulia district of West Bengal have managed to destroy taboos related to the monthly cycle through a project that aims at providing better sanitation and hygiene. It also allows some women to earn money.

[…] “We belong to poor families. With low water levels in this district, income from farming is minimal. We could not afford the Rs 80-100 needed for napkins. Also, our parents would have found the whole idea indecent, decadent,” [Kalpana Kuiri, 31] says.

[…] Then last year in June [2007], the District Rural Development Cell (DRDC) and UNICEF jointly mooted a proposal for a sanitary napkin production centre at Purulia to provide cheap sterilised napkins and advocacy on personal hygiene. […] “I started making about Rs 1,500 a month from my work at the centre. The other women then started asking me how they could join in. Even their husbands became interested. They were willing to overlook the `menstruation’ aspect for the income,” recalls Mita Das, 31, of Chapuri village, one of the first to join the project. The sanitary napkin production centre revolutionised the social perception of personal hygiene in the district.

[…] Each month, the 30 women work on the two sterilisation machines to produce about 900 sanitary napkin packets. Besides retailing, the centre supplies napkins for hospitals, schools and SHGs.

[…] The women, who were trained in Chennai, have not limited themselves to sanitary napkins. As a step ahead, they have now started production of District Dai Kits (DDK) for hospitals and midwives.

Source: Ajitha Menon, Women’s Feature Service / The Hindu Business Line, 05 Dec 2008

India: Tamil Nadu town experiences sanitation revolution

KRISHNAGIRI (Tamil Nadu): Even in the crucial 10th standard, Malini (not the real name) used to stay away from school at least three days a month. So did about 150 other students of the Mekalachinnampalli rural girls’ high school, 10 km from Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu, during their menstrual periods. Today however, the school registers no absenteeism, as the girls walk up to a sanitary vending machine, get a napkin for Rs2 and confidently walk into the classrooms.

A silent ‘sanitation revolution’ is sweeping Krishnagiri, among the most backward districts in the country, as a Unicef-supported programme aims at making sanitary napkins available to 90,000 adolescent girls through vending machines and special counters in schools. Experts say this simple step will have long-reaching benefits in a district with high infant mortality rate, maternal mortality rate and gynaecological problems linked to poor menstrual hygiene.

Link to the Daily News & Analysis article