Thiruvananthapuram: HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) in concert with the Kerala government will launch “She-Pad” initiative in State-owned schools by mid-August to promote healthy menstruation practices in schools.
A first of its kind in the country, the project aims at providing free sanitary napkins and awareness booklets to girls from Class 6 to 12 in all government and aided schools in Kerala.
According to HLL CMD R.P. Khandelwal, more than one lakh students and teachers will benefit from the project. “Due to some technical difficulties, we were not able to implement this project soon after its launch two months ago. We have completed all formalities now and the project is ready for implementation,” he said.
An awareness camp for boys in creating a healthy mindset on menstruation will also be conducted in the schools as part of this initiative.
As many as 106 local self government bodies, which provide funding for this project, have handed over Rs 1.5 crore to the Kerala State Women’s Development Corporation Ltd.
A successful trial project was implemented in 110 and 623 government schools in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode respectively.
The sanitary napkins to be distributed will conform to the standards set by Kerala Medical Service Corporation and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).
HLL has been already providing sanitary napkins to nearly 4,000 institutions, including schools and other women- oriented workplaces, across India through their ‘Vendigo’ machine.
The machine dispenses “Happy Days” sanitary napkins, manufactured by HLL at its Kanagala factory in Belgaum.