PEOPLE'S HEALTH & PLANET PROTECTION
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world. Its health status is one of the lowest in South Asia and women’s health, like women’s status in Nepal is extremely poor. One of the problems regarding health care is the unequal access to health care provision meaning that ‘ill-health’ conditions become chronic and long-term.
Freedom Kit Bags have the potential to prevent / improve /safeguard women’s health.
FKBs can address sexual health issues including –
vaginal infections such as – Bacterial vaginosis/Candidiasis/yeast infections, pelvic floor infections, kidney infections, urinary tract infections, low fertility, Incontinence.
FKBs can also address /improve mental health issues.
In Nepal rural and low-income towns-women and girls do not have access to disposable sanitary wear. Even if they did – they could not afford it. Even if they could – the environment could not afford it.
In Nepal disposable sanitary products create more problems than they solve.
They clog up unsophisticated sanitation systems and pit latrines that cannot cope with a large volume of non-biodegradable material.
Increased disposable sanitary protection - of any kind - would create an enormous environmental pollution problem.
DO THE SUMS
TAMPONS are popular. They are probably the smallest sanitary protection yet they create a BIG problem -
1 woman and 1 period = 1 tampon every 6 hours = 4 tampons per day x 5 days of a period = 20 tampons per cycle
1 woman x 1 lifetime = x 456 periods x 20 = = 9,120 tampons
1,000 women x 9,120 tampons = 9,120,000 tampons.
Even in a small village of 30 houses with say 2 women per house means = 9,120 x 60 = 427,200 tampons –
with nowhere to go except into the landscape – the rivers and the land.
Can Nepal afford that kind of pollution damage?
NO it cannot. It already has an unmanageable pollution problem.
We say - Let’s not add to it – let’s keep Nepal beautiful.
HOW TO TACKLE PEOPLE’S HEALTH AND PLANET PROTECTION PROBLEMS – EDUCATION:
Sexual Health / Menstrual Hygiene