Sustainable menstrual hygiene management (S-MHM) is an initiative of Janata Clinic aimed at bring about positive behavior change in menstrual hygiene practices. We create awareness of the ripple effect of our choices and direct women and girls towards better options.
Research led by various institutions show that uninformed and haphazard behavior shift, towards unhealthy and ecologically hazardous commercial sanitary pads and tampons, have led to reproductive health issues in young girls and women. Through our campaign S-MHM, we introduce young girls and women to sustainable menstrual supplies such as reusable cloth, pads, menstrual cups, period panties, organic disposable pads, etc. and talk to them about the various health hazards of plastic pads and tampons available commercially in the market. At the same time, we also try to reflect on how the environment and a larger ecosystem is affected by the choices we make.
Janata Clinic recently reached All Nepal College of Technical Education at Gaushala to talk to 66 students of Diploma in Pharmacy about the sustainable alternatives for menstrual hygiene management. The response was overwhelming and 15 students were committed to changing menstrual hygiene behavior.