There are many differences between men and women and the prime differentiating factor would be the biological cycle in both. Women’s body is fragile and designed in such a way that she has to undergo monthly changes within her body.A normal girl attains her puberty at the age of 13 ( varies between 11 -15). After this age she has to cope up with monthly changes in her body when the growth and sex hormones comes into picture. It is when a girl completely turns into a woman or it can be referred to as her sexual maturity period. The biological clock starts ticking and thus the periodic changes in her body. In India discussing about periods and menses are considered as a taboo. A woman can only discuss such things to her sisters ,mother and her close female friends. Around 70% of people in India live in rural areas. Women in urban regions have access to proper health facilities and sanitation. But the case is completely different in rural regions. Here women have to deploy different techniques and methods to collect their vaginal discharges in form of menstrual blood. Around 80 % of women in India have access to markets. Most of the household stuffs are purchased by the man of the family. As a result it becomes difficult for women in rural villages to go out and buy such costly sanitary pads. They lack basic menstrual hygiene which inturns becomes problematic for them.Many women from these regions are held back by shame when it comes to basic sanitation.
As per recent researches only 14 % women of reproductive ages in India use sanitary methods to manage the blood flow during their periods.The others use ragged clothes,newspapers,tree husks,dried leaves, saw dust, ropes and even ashes during their menstrual period to manage their hygiene. Around 20 – 30 % of women suffer from different health disorders because of such unhygienic practices to manage their periods.One should know that there are large number of health issues which is directly or indirectly attributed to improper sanitation during menstrual cycle.Diseases like severe urinary tract infections,gonococcal infections,septicaemia,vulval irriation and itching can lead to many severe complications like abortions,infertility and even death. Any developing nation has to address the problem of sanitation. Women among the younger groups needs to be educated and only then they could find a solution to such issues. Proper education and sanitation facilities are the need for the hour. Women shouldn’t ignore health issues resulting as a result of improper sanitation. Women should be educated about self hygiene care and health awareness should be created amongst people in rural areas.By ignoring these issues we are just killing so many generations. Women should be aware of all these issues and its high time they should face and handle such things. There should be access to cost effective sanitary measures in form of sanitary pads and other means to manage menstural problems. Since, a large chunk of people live below poverty line in India and the rural side suffers a lot. There are women who lack basic amenities and aforementioned they should be addressed. These impacts a women’s dignity as well.Not most women from the rustic villages afford expensive sanitary pads which costs around Rs 10 per pad. Due to poverty and family issues, they resort to using cheap products or any other alternatives to manage their menstrual discharges.
Mr. Arunachalam Muruganatham is a local entrepreneur from Coimbatore who had an innovative approach to address these issues that women face. The main problems for women from rural areas include access to the expensive sanity pads. He had an amazing solution which provided easy access to sanitation facility for women. He made cost effective sanitary pads which benefited most of the women in villages. He researched and worked on to create sanitary napkin to make sure that it proved handy to the needy women. He invented his own machine which is used to create simple sanitary napkin at a lower price. The pads made using his machines would be sold at a lower price than those produced using high equipped machineries. Aforementioned, a single sanitary pad is sold at Rs 6 but the one produced from Arunachalams machine is sold at Rs 1.5. Thus it is cost effective and makes it easy for women in rural villages. This machines operates on a small scale and helps to offer good hygiene, dignity and empowerment to the underpriveliged women in our country. I appreciate the efforts Arunachalam put in creating the product. In our country where women find it difficult to share their menstrual stories to men, Arunachalam rendered help from his sisters and his wife to seek feedback about his product. He also sought help from few college students but all his attempts to set up a concrete stable product seemed futile during his product research phase because of the taboo which I mentioned above. He tested the sanitary product on himself by using animal blood to check the effectiveness of his product. He later went on to set up Jaishree industries which markets these machines to rural women all over India.Thus contributing to women empowerment and to improve their quality of life. His efforts and commitments has won him several awards and accolades. He even received an award from the President of India for his innovative solutions and contribution to women empowerment in rural parts of India. He has been giving out his machines to women on a non profit basis to help improve their life.Through his innovative approach and solutions Arunachalam has not only helped the rural women in India but also changed their lifestyle. There are many women praising his product and feel comfortable with it as they no longer use the unhygienic methods to collect menstrual bloods.He talks of living a meaningful life. What is the first step in nearing a solution is to find a problem itself. His inspiring words can motivate anyone and by this any can find a solution to a problem with alternative and innovative approach.
Check the TEDx video below by the man himself.
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