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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
12 JUL 2019 3:30PM by PIB Delhi
Menstrual Health

To improve the menstrual health among adolescent girls, Government of India is supporting the States/UTs through National Health Mission in their Program Implementation Plans for decentralized procurement of Sanitary napkins packs.

The scheme encompasses the following:

  • Increasing awareness among adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene
  • Improving access to and use of high quality sanitary napkins by adolescent girls residing in rural areas
  • Scheme is also beingimplemented in the urban areas with roll out in selected cities of 15 States in the first phase.
  • Ensuring safe disposal of sanitary napkins in an environmentally friendly manner.
  • Provision of funds to ASHAs to hold monthly meetings with adolescents to discuss issues related to menstrual hygiene.

Government of India is providing NHM funds to States/UTs through Program Implementation Plans for decentralized procurement of Sanitary napkins and IEC-BCC activities. Health being a State subject, involvement of NGOs or any private organization to support the activities hence remains the decision of the State/UTs.

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), ShAshwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

 

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