Spherule Foundation & Motherhood Hospital attempts Guinness Book of World records
Largest group of adolescent girls, boys, men & women present under one roof to gather awareness on Menstrual Health and Hygiene
Pune, December 17, 2018: Motherhood Hospitals, India’s fastest growing network of women & children’s hospital join hands with Spherule Foundation (an NGO that works on various development & educational program for women -empowerment & health) attempting Guinness Book of World Records by taking the initiative of educating adolescent girls on the importance of menstrual health and hygiene.
Dr. Rajeshwari Pawar, Gynecologist & Obstetrician with over 3 decades of experience practicing at Motherhood Hospitals, Pune, addressed a gathering of over 2500 people in Kendriya Vidyalaya on the importance of menstrual hygiene, breaking stereotypes and myths that accompany menstruation. This joint initiative has been recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records where they saw the largest group of adolescent girls, boys, men and women present together to talk about menstrual health and hygiene.
In India only 18% of the 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins and with the remaining 82% of women unable to afford sanitary napkins, they resort to using unhygienic substances such as newspapers, sand, leaves, mud or unsterilized clothes/rags. Such unhygienic practices lead to itching, burning, vaginal and urinary tract infections, infertility and other reproductive health complications.
Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Geeta Bora, Founder, Spherule Foundation, said, “The global silence and shame around menstruation is alarming. In India alone, 23-million girls drop-out of schools annually, (i.e. 1 in every 5 girls) due to the lack of menstrual hygiene management facilities like availability of sanitary napkins and logical awareness of menstruation. In collaboration with Motherhood Hospitals, we are taking a small step towards making the country more open to the fact that menstruation is not a taboo. Menstruation matters to our girls, and it does matter to everyone, everywhere. We experience it and we are here to shape its experience.”
Speaking on the initiative, Dr. Rajeshwari Pawar, Consultant Gynecologist & Obstetrician Motherhood Hospitals, said, “Young girls usually have a lot of fear, doubts and misconceptions about menstruation. This is a unique initiative where young girls, boys, men and women are educated on a taboo subject as menstruation and is a welcome change. This is providing people with information on the physiology of menstruation and take away the myths surrounding it. I believe that Spherule Foundation is providing a great platform to stress on how to maintain menstrual hygiene and to demystify several myths surround this subject. Initiatives like these are the need of the hour and we are extremely happy to be a part of this with Spherule.”
According to a survey conducted by UNICEF, 80% of surveyed women store their menstrual cloth in a hidden dirty place for repeated use. 40% failed to change their clothes frequently or wash them with soap after use. They are too ashamed to wash their sanitary clothes in open and wear over soaked and dirty cloth for an entire day without a change. 50% failed to dry their menstrual rags outside and in full sun which is an essential condition required to kill bacteria. Lack of privacy, safety and toilets make things worse. This initiative is trying to help our society understand the importance of menstruation and how to overcome the stigma around it.
About Spherule Foundation
Spherule Foundation works primarily to bring deep-rooted sustainable change in people's lives, vision is to create an equal, just and sustainable society. People should have a right to life and security, to a sustainable livelihood, to be heard, to have an identity and to have access to basic social services. We believe that with the necessary action and political will, this world is possible. Women and children are often the most oppressed, their needs and rights must be protected. We welcome all beliefs that advance human rights. Our Mission is to work for the less fortunate & economically weaker sections of society. Develop, educational & sustainable programs for the urban and rural communities with focus on women empowerment, health & education.
Spherule Foundation, founded by Dr. Geeta Bora, has done PhD in computer science and worked in USA for 9 years as Software Architect. She left her job and started this NGO with an aim to bring a deep-rooted sustainable change in people's lives by creating an equal, just and sustainable society in India.
About Motherhood Hospitals
Motherhood Hospitals is a leading women & children’s hospital, dedicated to the health and well-being of women and children. Their comprehensive & personalized care in obstetrics, gynecology, fertility, neonatology, pediatrics, fetal medicine, and radiology, makes it the preferred healthcare choice for every women & child. The pediatric care provides high-quality care to newborns and children, including a 24-hour pediatric emergency service. Their woman care vertical offers expertise in various women health areas like breast health, high-risk pregnancy, laparoscopic surgery & general gynecology.