Guwahati, March 12: On International Women’s Day, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Guwahati along with Rotary & Rotaract Club of Guwahati Luit and NGO Unicharm organised a health talk on menstrual hygiene under the ‘#WeForHER Phase 4’ campaign.
A total of 5,100 sanitary napkins were distributed to the girls of Swarna Vidya Peeth High School, Mayang village, Assam. The inaugural session was graced by the school Principal and members of the clubs, Pawan Golcha, Tushar Jalan, Aashish Kumar Das, Rajeev Thakur, Aloy Bharali and Sanjib Das.
The session was attended by around 220 school girls from classes VII to IX, who fail to attend classes because of their periods, along with their parents. The session ended with a question and answer round during which many girls clarified their doubts with the speaker. Later, 5,100 pads were distributed for their use for at least the next six months.
The first phase of the campaign was launched on November 10 last year. As a part of this campaign, the hospital and the clubs have conducted many education sessions on the issue and have been distributing free pads since then.
The initial three phases saw a total of 480 girls benefiting from the same with 9,100 pads being distributed, taking the total up to 14,200 sanitary pads being distributed under the #WeForHER Campaign.
Abid Tauqeer, Facility Director, Narayana Superspeciality Hospital said “Menstrual hygiene is every girl’s right. The scope of the campaign is not limited to the distribution of sanitary napkins but also aims to raise awareness about the need for menstrual hygiene. By providing an easy and accessible way to manage menstruation, we are glad that the campaign will help girls stay on track with their education even during periods.”
“19 different clubs are conducting the campaign in eight different states across India under the #WeForHER campaign, which was started in Assam. We look forward to make it a mega international event next year which would include countries from Southeast Asia also” said Tushar Jalan, President of Rotaract Club of Guwahati Luit.
The campaign has been recently acknowledged by the Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal and the Health and Education Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma.