Mumbai: About 68 per cent rural women cannot afford sanitary napkins available in the market, according to a survey. The study, carried out by global information and measurement company AC Nielsen, and reviewed and endorsed by NGO Plan India, throws light on the dismal state of femininehygiene care in India. According to gynaecologists, use of alternative sanitary care measures such as unsterilised cloths, sand and ash make women susceptible to infections and diseases. The study found that awareness on basic health and feminine hygiene is very low, with 75 per cent rural women lacking adequate knowledge on menstrual hygiene and care. On the issue of affordability of quality sanitary care, the survey found that 81 per cent rural women use unsterilised cloths since they are cheaper and 68 per cent said they cannot afford to buy sanitary napkins. Adolescent girls in rural India are unable to attend up to 50 days of schooling in a year due to inadequate menstrual care, the report said. The nationwide survey was conducted in October on a sample size of 1,033 rural women and 151 gynaecologists. 97 per cent gynaecologists surveyed believe that sanitary napkins can act as a preventive measure against reproductive tract infection, while 64 per cent noted that it can act as aprecautionary measure to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
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