Putting menstrual hygiene at the heart of emergency response
FPA Sri Lanka donated a truck load of sanitary napkins to the young girls and women in quarantine facilities across the country through the Family Health Bureau and armed forces. This activity was carried out under IPPF SPRINT Project.
The current health crisis may have left women and girls without access to clean and safe sanitary products. This can be due to the lack of availability, the lack of funds and the travel restrictions imposed currently. As a result, women and girls maybe forced to use improvised, methods to manage their periods, including torn pieces of clothing or rags.
These alternative methods used by women and girls to manage their periods are often ineffective, uncomfortable and unhygienic. They can lead to dangerous infections, and blood stains which can cause women and girls to feel embarrassed and isolated during their period.