Rajasthan govt. has launched Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) 2018-19 for women. Menstruation is a natural process and most of the previous governments shy on this topic. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje has announced this MHS in Budget 2018 in February with an allocation of Rs. 76 crore. Around 1.2 crore women between the age group of 15 to 45 years of age can avail the benefits of this scheme.
The primary objective of Menstrual Hygiene Scheme is to spread awareness about hygiene and to promote sanitary napkins distribution among women. The launch event was organized at Directorate of Women Empowerment (DEW) in Jaipur on 31 July 2018.
By using sanitary napkins, women can be prevented from various menstrual hygiene related diseases.
Rajasthan Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS) for Women
The important features and highlights of this MHS Scheme are as follows:-
- Approx. 1.2 crore women in the age group of 15 to 45 years can take benefits of this Health Scheme.
- The state govt. has allocated Rs. 76 crore for Menstrual Hygiene Scheme (MHS). Govt. will distribute sanitary napkins and spread hygiene message among women.
- As per Nation Family Health Survey report (2015-16), only 55% women (15-45 years) are using hygiene protection methods during their menstrual periods.
- In urban areas, situation is slightly better in comparison to rural areas. Around 78% of women in urban areas and 50% of women in rural areas uses sanitary napkins, locally prepared pads and tampons as hygiene methods.
- As per the Survey reports, 45% women between 15 to 24 years in the state are at higher risk of getting exposed to menstrual hygiene related diseases.
- Such women can be exposed to fungal infection, urinary tract infection, reproductive tract infection and other health diseases.
Rajasthan govt. has started this revolutionary scheme for the welfare of women. In the first phase of scheme, DEW teams will conduct sensitization about the menstruation concern. In the next phase, govt. will distribute sanitary pads to females in schools, colleges, Anganwadi centers and health centers.