Who cares for the Hero?

I first met Henry Joseph in 2011, at his home in Bangarpet (Kolar). After having suffered from Tuberculosis of the spine at the age of 13 and being bed ridden for 6 years after that, people from the Association of the Physically Disabled (APD) identified him, treated and rehabilitated him. At that time, I also…

The status of PHCs across Bangalore

In an attempt to understand the ground reality at PHCs and to explore working with them, we undertook visits to 64 PHCs across Bangalore and here is what we found. Report from 64 PHCs across¬†Bangalore Number of PHCs visited: 59 (Data gathered from 64 PHCs) Total number of schools under the visited PHCs: Government, Corporation…

Menstrual Hygiene is not about Sanitary Napkins

When I started the Menstrual Hygiene awareness initiative 3 years ago, I assumed the answer to menstrual hygiene was distributing Sanitary Napkins. So we got donors and napkins and gave them for free in rural government schools. And then, we ran out of donors. And then, a small voice in my head asked me why…

Why women won’t speak up…

In the many sessions that I have done on Menstrual Hygiene, the one thing which we always and ¬†consciously did not bring up is the cultural and religious practices associated with it. Every individual has the right to follow a set of traditions and procedures which have been in place from time immemorial. And its…