With a view to facilitating safe disposal of sanitary pads, the district administration of West Singhbhum in Jharkhand has installed incinerators in as many as five schools, after providing necessary orientation to both teachers and students on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
The five schools selected for the Swachh Vidyalaya Puraskar were – four Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas in Tonto, Chakradharpur, Khuntpani, and Sadar Chaibasa and the Aadarsh Middle school in Noamundi, according to Zila Swachh Bharat Prerak, Mrinalini Singh.
Puberty can be a challenging and confusing time in any young woman’s life. Considering that both physical and emotional changes are immense; teachers play a vital role in educating, preparing and supporting young women cope through changes that occur.
MHM remains a very important aspect of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Nevertheless, at times, it can be overlooked during the toilet construction drive. But in Paschim Singhbhum, the SBM team has taken a step forward in this direction in collaboration with the education department, the ZSBP said.
Installation of the incinerators was a two day event on 16th and 17th February, 2018. On day one, 120 teachers of the aforementioned schools were oriented on the basics of menstrual hygiene management which included personal hygiene, menstrual hygiene products and safe disposal. The orientation ended with a demonstration of the use of incinerators which were installed in the schools.
On the second day, all girls from those selected schools were given a session on MHM and they were told how to use incinerators for the safe disposal of menstrual hygiene products. The session was comprehensive, covering all aspects of female health and hygiene.
Although both the sessions were awkward initially, initiating such a conversation about menstruation made the girls more confident and curious about their health, while encouraging them to ask questions.