Startups advancing women health & hygiene through innovation!
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.