Feminine hygiene, in the daily life discourse, refers to the personal care products that are using during menstruation and vaginal discharge. One can find these products dubbed as menstrual hygiene products as well in a shopping store. You must be familiar with some of the products already, these include tampons, menstrual cups, and sanitary napkins. There are others as well, but the focus of this discussion is not on the product range but the utility and implementation of the concept in Pakistani society with a special emphasis on women hygiene in Tharparker district of province Sindh, a far off remote area that has one of the lowest development indexes in the country.
Why Is Feminine Hygiene Important?
But before we jump into the specifics, it is important to recall why feminine hygiene is important in the first place. Well, women must be extra cautious about their hygiene status, simply because if they are not, the risk of healthcare issues increases tremendously. The correct use of female hygiene products can help in balancing the pH levels in the vaginal area. Just not that, feminine hygiene is also important because it reduces the risk of bacterial infections as well as minimizes the risk of itchiness. Further, proper feminine hygiene can help the lactobacillus bacteria growth as well, which are included in the friendly flora of microbes!
The Concept of Feminine Hygiene in Pakistan
Pakistan is one of those counties in the world where the topic of feminine hygiene has been deemed taboo for a long time. Of course, things have changed dramatically as the country entered the 21st century, but the public discourse is still frowned upon when it talks about tampons and sanitary pads. As a result of this rather discouraging approach, many Pakistani women are not aware of the concept of feminine hygiene. Those who are, are living with grave misconceptions about the concept. And in some cases, women are well aware of the concept, as well as of the products and how they should be used. But their societal norms and financial status doesn’t allow them to purchase these products. Tharparker happens to be one such place as well.
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Tharparker is a district in the Sindh province that has the lowest development index in the country. The sad figures are reflective of the sad state of affairs, especially in the education and healthcare sector. This lethal blend has ensured effectively that women in Tharparker are not as well aware of the concept of feminine hygiene as they should be. This lack of awareness is further supplemented by the resident women’s inability to afford costly female hygiene products in the market. Keeping this tremendous difficulty faced by the women of Tharparker in mind, teams from Transparent Hands decided it was about time someone did something for the women of Tharparker.
But wait a minute, how well do you know Transparent Hands? Well, we better share an overview of this stellar healthcare trust organization first before we talk about how it is making a difference in the lives of women in Tharparker.
Transparent Hands: An Introduction
When it comes to crowdfunding for health, there is no platform bigger than Transparent Hands in Pakistan. The range of healthcare services offered by Transparent Hands is astoundingly vast. From medical and surgical treatments to medical camps and telehealth facilities, trust organization makes sure that the underprivileged Pakistanis have access to quality healthcare services. The trust organization believes in creating a patient-donor bond while making sure that the protocols of transparency aren’t breached at any point. The trust organization realizes the need for free medical camps in the rural areas, hence it actively sets up such camps as well. To donate, donors can log in to the Transparent Hands crowdfunding web portal from anywhere in the world. Payment modes are one hundred percent secure. Every donor has absolute freedom in selecting and funding patients of their choice. The trust organization makes sure that regular updates until complete recovery are sent to the concerned donor.
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In the free medical camps organized by Transparent Hands in different areas of Tharparker like Umerkot, Mithi, and Islamkot as well as in other areas, awareness was provided to the women about the importance of feminine hygiene. Those female patients who were facing certain healthcare challenges because of not using hygiene products were checked and provided free medicines as well. Of course, the scope of these free medical camps was not limited to just raising awareness about female hygiene. Free medicines, consultation, and diagnostic services were provided to the underprivileged patients from different areas of Tharparker, for almost every common disease and disorder.
It Is Just The Beginning!
Many more serious efforts like these need to be put in if one envisions a Pakistan where female hygiene is given the due importance that it deserves. For example, the state can launch healthcare initiatives that aim at providing free tampons, sanitary napkins, and other hygiene products to female workers and students. Organizations like Transparent Hands need to continue the good work that they are putting in raising awareness about this crucial issue in Tharparker as well. Transparent Hands raises awareness about female hygiene practices in almost all of the free medical camps it organizes, and you can expect that the organization will continue the good work in the future as well.
That would be all from this discussion. We wish we could have gone on a bit more and talked about different feminine hygiene products in detail. The variety is truly baffling for any novice, and only a better understanding of these products will lead to improved awareness of the concept overall. Unfortunately, though, we have run out of the space and time we had for this discussion. Nevertheless, we are quite sure that you learned something new about the status of female hygiene in Pakistan and that’s a start! Read more to learn more is what we will recommend to all of our female readers especially, and it is with this advice that we bid you farewell from this space.