COVID-19 Impact on Menstrual Health and Hygiene in Healthcare Industry | DBMR
Posted by swarajya on April 28th, 2021
COVID-19 Impact on Menstrual Health and Hygiene in Healthcare Industry
The coronavirus pandemic has generated an unpredictable effect on the human daily lives as well as on global economy. The coronavirus has a knockout effect on healthcare industries too and created a notable effect or burden on the already pinched healthcare systems across the world. As the pandemic increases day-by-day, the healthcare professionals overworked their duties to overcome the pandemic but continuous rising number of cases causes major problems. The global COVID-19 pandemic is impacting health and personal decision-making of people around the globe. In addition to this, most of the households stock-up on non-perishable goods, outside of toilet paper and processing and the people who menstruate have other issues.
There is no secret that intense stress such as moving from one home to another, work culture stress and personal stress can majorly mess with the women menstrual cycle. Recently, coronavirus pandemic qualifies as a major form of stress in females. In recent months, there is no surprise that many women facing menstrual disruption from longer cycle to skip period or change in the menstrual pattern. According to the MedPage Today publishing house, the disruption can be occurred if a woman become infected with the COVID-19 or she may deal with the prolonged stress during this pandemic. During this pandemic, many studies are going to identify the effect of coronavirus pandemic on women menstrual health.
According to the “Menstrual Health Alliance India (MHAI)” recent survey (during April), “with the production becoming constrained, availability of menstrual hygiene products including disposable and reusable sanitary pads at the last mile rural retail points was most affected.” Moreover, the ongoing lockdown to contain the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is severely challenging women’s and girls’ access to menstrual hygiene products and toilets for managing menstruation, especially given the presence of male and older family and community members.
Closures of educational institutions and community groups have further worsened supply problems, with 62 percent of respondents showing that it has become difficult to access menstrual products through normal channels while 22 percent said they had no access at all. Due to restricted development, women in rural areas have been the most affected as accessibility at last-mile rural retail points has been affected. Consumers who have access to menstrual goods at the block or district level markets have also been impacted by the lack of public transport and accessibility limitations under the lockdown. Females and girls have been forced to switch from disposable pads to cloth pads due to a shortage of sanitary items.
According, to the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), the manufacturing members are facing three major problems such as disrupted supply production, numerous interruptions in the supply chains and delayed or failed delivery of goods. Due to the increased social distance, the demand for the output of manufacturing plants, the decreased workforce in manufacturing facilities, the closing of factories and the fact that the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) has taken precedence for many small manufacturers are disrupted.
Supply chain interruptions are the result of grounded commercial flights due to the extended lock-down effect, many ports do not operate at maximum capacity and slots are redistributed to shipments of emergency equipment. The same disruption has been observed at the entry point of the country: in countries where imports have been / are limited, both menstrual items and raw materials for disposable pads are challenging. In certain countries, road transport restrictions have limited distribution, affecting distribution at the last mile as many distributors / retailers have stopped regular retail operations. Finally, when groceries and other stores are closed and distribution workers are locked down, food delivery is the most frequently delayed. Girls, who would otherwise receive menstrual health products at school today, in countries where sanitary napkins are subsidized by the government, do not because of school closures.
STRATEGIC INITIATIVES TAKEN BY THE GOVERNMENTS, NGOS, PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES AND OTHERS
Just 36 percent of India's 336 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins, according to the RISE INDIA NGO and with the COVID-19 crisis, the number has decreased rapidly. In this respect, RISE has raised a total of 975,677 INR to support poor women. The target value of 3,000,000 INR for the support of women was also set by the NGO. Read more...
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