Star­tups ad­vanc­ing women health & hy­giene through in­no­va­tion!

BioSpectrum (India) - - FRONT PAGE -

Women’s hy­giene in In­dia has al­ways been a topic that has raised a lot of con­tro­versy and hearsay. Around 70 per cent of all re­pro­duc­tive dis­eases in In­dia are caused by poor men­strual hy­giene and women con­tinue to put their health, liveli­hood and dig­nity at risk. In a coun­try where women have reached the fron­tiers of space, ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties such as ac­cess to clean drink­ing wa­ter, toi­lets, ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge and prod­ucts for fem­i­nine hy­giene are still un­avail­able to women in ru­ral ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO), re­pro­duc­tive tract in­fec­tions (RTIs) are ex­tremely com­mon among women and are re­ported to af­fect one third of women of re­pro­duc­tive age around the world. Sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted in­fec­tions, of which RTI is a sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor, are also clas­si­fied among the ‘top five dis­ease cat­e­gories’ by WHO. The risk of women con­tract­ing RTIs are high in ru­ral In­dia, where, in the ab­sence of toi­lets in vil­lages, ac­cess to san­i­ta­tion is still lim­ited.

In this con­text some en­trepreneurs have taken the lead to make an im­pact. A num­ber of health­care based star­tups are work­ing to­wards pro­vid­ing bet­ter hy­gienic con­di­tions for women in In­dia.

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