Despite economic progress, it might come as a surprise that 70% of women in the nation cannot afford sanitary napkins. Use of other alternatives like cloth can trigger infection of the reproductive tract.
To inculcate menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls, The ministry of health and family welfare has launched the 'one-rupee sanitary napkin' scheme.
Under the brand name of 'freedays' promoted by the National Rural Health Mission, girls between the age of 10-19 years will be provided a pack of six sanitary napkins. In the villages, a pack of six sanitary napkins will be available for Rs 6.
Certainly a good move by the government as it seeks to benefit nearly 1.5 crore girls in 152 districts of 20 states during the first phase of the scheme.