The center has been promoting a menstrual hygiene program for teenage girls since 2011: Smriti Irani

New Delhi: The Ministry of Health and Family has been implementing the menstrual hygiene promotion program for adolescent girls aged 10 to 19 since 2011.

This information was given by the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, in a written response to Lok Sabha today.

The program is supported by the National Health Mission through the State Program Implementation Plan (PIP) based on proposals received from States/UTs.

The main objectives of the program are (i) to sensitize adolescents to menstrual hygiene; (ii) increase access to and use of high quality sanitary napkins by adolescent girls, and (iii) ensure safe disposal of sanitary napkins in an environmentally responsible manner. Under this scheme, a pack of sanitary napkins is provided to adolescent girls by the Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) at the subsidized rate of Rs. 6 per pack.

In addition, the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has developed National Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Guidelines to raise awareness about Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) in the rural areas as part of its overall sanitation behavior change interventions. hygiene section.

In addition, to ensure access to good quality sanitary napkins and medicines at an affordable price, the Department of Pharmaceuticals of the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers is implementing the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janausadhi Pariyojna (PMBJP), an important step in ensuring women’s health security. Under the project, more than 8700 Janaushidhi Kendras have been set up across the country which provides oxo-biodegradable sanitary napkins named Suvidha at Rs. 1/- per pad only.

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