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No Menstrual Hygiene For Indian Women Holds Economy Back

Sushma Devi, a mother of three in Northern  India , stores her “moon cup” on the window sill of the mud-brick veranda that shelters the family goats. In a village where few have indoor toilets and the Hindi word for her genitals is a profanity, 30-year-old Sushma struggles to talk about how she manages her period and the changes brought by the bell-shaped device she inserts in her vagina to collect menstrual blood. Enlarge image Cloth sanitary napkins are shown to village women in Rupaspur, around 60 kms from Agra. Many Indian women make do with little more than scraps of old cloth when menstruating, often risking their health, say aid workers trying to make clean and cheap sanitary napkins available. Photographer: Manan Vatsyayana/AFP via Getty Images Enlarge image Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), with technical assistance from North Carolina State University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has designed the SHE LaunchPad, a menstrual pad that utili

Extreme flooding must be ‘turning point’ on disaster response

Climate-related disasters like flooding are on the rise. Photo:IRIN/Tung X. Ngo 25 June 2013 – A United Nations senior official today  stressed  that this year will be a “turning point” in how governments view and respond to extreme weather events, and floods in particular, which are currently affecting several countries across the world. “India, Nepal, Canada and many countries in Europe have experienced huge losses over the last two months due to intense precipitation events which have triggered extreme flooding affecting millions of people’s well-being and livelihoods,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, Margareta Wahlström. Monsoon rains in India this year are believed to be the heaviest in 80 years, according to media reports, which noted that some 7,000 people are still stranded in the mountains after flash floods and landslides. More than 600 people are confirmed dead so far, while 80,000 have been rescued. “The sho

Gender crimes haunt women who head to field for nature's call

When Anita Narre, a newly-wed bride in Jheetudhhana village of Madhya Pradesh's Betul district, refused to stay at her husband's home for there was no toilet in it, she lent a voice to the problems women face when they head to the fields. While eve-teasing is more or less a daily affair with men singing vulgar songs, making cheap gestures and throwing stones off and on to draw their attention is a routine affair, there is perennial risk of molestation and rape. The plight indicates towards a preventable social reason behind incidents of rapes and other crimes against women. Threat that comes with nature's call The lack of functional household toilets in the state could be one of the biggest reasons for women getting raped. As per NGO estimates more than 75% of the rape cases in rural areas take place when women move out of their homes to attend nature's call. "The vulnerability of women at that time is perhaps the highest," said Prof Roop Rekha Verma, fo

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Water, sanitation, hygiene and enteric infections in children

Joe Brown ,  Sandy Cairncross ,  Jeroen H J Ensink + Author Affiliations Environmental Health Group, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases , London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine,  London , UK Correspondence to Dr Jeroen H J Ensink, Environmental Health Group, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK;  Jeroen.ensink@lshtm.ac.uk Received  13 November 2012 Revised  13 May 2013 Accepted  14 May 2013 Published Online First  12 June 2013 Introduction In 2007, readers of the  British Medical Journal  voted that the introduction of clean water and sewerage—the ‘sanitation revolution’ of the Victorian era—was the most important medical milestone since the 1840s, 1  over anaesthesia, antibiotics, or vaccines. These improvements led to a dramatic reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with faecal-oral infections, such as typhoid fever and cholera. Today, w