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ADITI GUPTA HAS USED COMIC BOOKS TO MAKE THOU­SANDS OF GIRLS AWARE ABOUT MEN­STRUAL HEALTH.

Business Today - - IMPACT WOMEN - By E. KUMAR SHARMA

MENSTRUPEDIA WAS FOUNDED in Au­gust 2012 by a young cou­ple keen on cre­at­ing aware­ness among young girls about health dur­ing men­stru­a­tion and to de­mol­ish myths around the sub­ject, still a ta­boo in large parts of In­dia. Ask Aditi Gupta, who set up Menstrupedia with Tuhin Paul, on what she is proud of over the past 12 months in terms of im­pact, and she points at her en­gage­ment with the Andhra Pradesh gov­ern­ment. “The gov­ern­ment of Andhra Pradesh dis­trib­uted Menstrupedia comic books in English and Tel­ugu to 122 res­i­den­tial schools across 11 dis­tricts,” says Gupta.

This is build­ing on the ef­forts over the last six years. “To­day, 1,50,000 girls across more than 250 schools in the coun­try are us­ing our comic books as part of the cur­ricu­lum. We are work­ing with state gov­ern­ments of Andhra Pradesh, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Gu­jarat and Ut­tarak­hand. That apart, we ship our books to 19 dif­fer­ent coun­tries,” she says.

Menstrupedia comic books, she says, are avail­able in 14 lan­guages, in­clud­ing most of re­gional lan­guages. These books are also lo­cally printed and pub­lished in Nepali out of Kathmandu and in Span­ish from Uruguay. “Our free down­load­able ed­u­ca­tional re­source for con­duct­ing men­strual ed­u­ca­tion work­shops is avail­able on our web­site in 11 lan­guages,” she says. The comic books have been re­viewed by an ex­pe­ri­enced gy­nae­col­o­gist for ac­cu­racy.

Menstrupedia, which launched its comic books af­ter rais­ing funds through crowd­sourc­ing, is self-sus­tain­ing.

WHY SHE MAT­TERS 1,50,000 girls in more than 250 schools are us­ing these books as part of the cur­ricu­lum

PHO­TO­GRAPH BY DANESH JASSAWALA

ADITI GUPTA Co-founder, Menstrupedia

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