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Sakhi

Sakhi Program has is designed with women centricity, to promote wellness, preventive health checks, promote menstrual health & hygiene by installing sanitary pad vending machines & pad incinerators for bio-safe disposal supporting Swaach Bharat Mission, Govt of India in the rural and urban areas.

Lack of Menstrual Hygiene

Menstrual hygiene is a subject matter of deep concern in India where women, especially in rural areas face multiple challenges in acquiring hygienic absorbents and develop health risks. Adolescent girls are particularly biologically vulnerable to reproductive tract infections (RTI) and sexually transmitted infections (STI).


Today only 12% of Indians, 335 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins to manage their menses. In India, 300 million women rely on old rags, plastics sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during the menstrual cycle. Roughly 70% of Indian families can not afford the high cost napkins.


In view of the stigma and social taboo associated with sanitary napkins, majority of the female population who are passing the age of menarche, feel embarrassed and hesitate to go to the commonly known, manned and often crowded conventional/medicine outlets for the sanitary napkins, resulting that 14% of women suffer from menstrual infections, including white discharge (leucorrhoea), itching/burning, ovaries swelling and frequent urination.


Over the years, sanitary napkins have gained much prominence in India as the Government and NGO entities have been taking various initiatives and workshops towards educating females about the importance of personal hygiene.


Increasing awareness about personal hygiene among females remains one of the primary factors facilitating improvement in sanitation and hygiene in India. In addition to this, elevating incomes and the availability of sanitary napkins at an affordable price is another factor that would help in improving the lives of women.


Menstrual hygiene & sanitation education complemented with facilities that ensure convenient and sustained access to affordable safe and hygienic sanitary napkins would help in inducing a behavioural change towards hygiene.


Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines is an innovative use of technology for enhancing access to sanitary pads in rural and urban areas, especially places that are frequently visited by females.

Waste Disposal

Waste disposal has become a growing problem in India, since the plastic used in sanitary napkins isn't bio-degradable and results in environmental and health dangers. The effect is more pronounced due to methods of disposal and solid waste control and transport networks in villages and towns.

It has been estimated that 432 million pads are disposed each month.


The most common way of disposal involves flushing it into the drain. The flushing in drains result clogging in drain and throwing in dustbin results in health-related problems due to hazardous content in use of sanitary napkins.


Further, one big problem of sanitary waste has ever been that their categorization, i.e., while it's plastic or biomedical waste.


Bio-Medical Waste Management Rules suggest that products such as soiled sanitary waste need to be microwaved or incinerated to destroy pathogens.


A safe scientific process of disposal of sanitary napkins is to incinerate them to ash, in comparatively low temperatures. It aids in disposal of napkins in a sterile and scientific manner.


In order to tackle these problems, and to make sanitary napkins easily available round the clock Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines and to dispose the soiled Sanitary Napkins in Electric Incinerators should be installed at various locations throughout the rural as well as urban areas.

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Sanitary Napkin

Ensuring Supply of Good Quality Sanitary Napkins

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Napkins Vending Machines

Ensuring Constant Supply Through Automated Vending Machines

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Waste Disposal Incinerators

Ensuring Safe & Environment Friendly Disposal of Used Napkins Using Incinerators

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Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine is a self-service vending machine used for dispensing sanitary napkins against acceptance of coins. The machine is configured to dispense one sanitary napkin at a time through a reliable motorized spiral mechanism.

ADVANTAGES OF SANITARY NAPKIN VENDING MACHINES

Ensures 24x7 availability of sanitary napkins.

Eliminates manual interaction for purchase thus removes inhibition and stigma.

Immediate access to napkins to meet the menstrual emergencies.

Self-dispensing of the napkins at the drop of a coin.

Minimizes absenteeism in offices / Schools /Colleges.

Convenient to buy the product independently.

Ensures proper sanitation and hygiene quality for females.

Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines can be automated or manually operated and vary on certain parameters, mainly dimensions, number of spiral mechanisms, capacity, types of packages, modes of payment among others.

Manual Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine

How To Use Machine

Insert Money.

Turn the lever on the side of the vending machine.

Collect the product from the delivery bin.

Manual Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines are a good option for places where there is scarcity or irregularity in supply of electricity.

It is also easy to use for people who are not used to technology.

Sanitary pads are can be dispensed as single units or a package of three or five sanitary napkins.

While single units are more suitable for urban settings, packages of three or five sanitary napkins are well suited for rural settings as it would help women and girls to avoid multiple transactions and thus increase convenience.

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Waste Disposal Incinerators

Electric Incinerators facilitate instant disposal of soiled sanitary napkins in a scientific and hygienic way.

They have a front opening door wherein the soiled sanitary napkins can be put. This increases the ease of operation.

Electric incinerators give excellent heat retention inside refractory lining.

The ash is collected in an Ash Collection Tray at the bottom.

The incinerator works automatically once switched on. It burns the disposed off sanitary napkins and stops automatically.

The soiled sanitary napkins are completely burned and only less than 5% ash per napkin is generated.

The incinerator is specially designed to burn bulk amount of napkin wastes with a capacity of approximately 1000 napkins per day.

The incinerators are usually self sustaining and require low maintenance.

Avenues To Expand

There is scope of expansion by installing the sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators at places that are frequented by women or places that are functional till late hours or that are operational 24x7. Some of the places that can be explored for opportunities are:

Offices and Factories should have both sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed as they would help in creating a better and more hygienic work place for women.

Bars, Pubs and Lounges that are open till late in night should have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators as most of pharmacies are shut down by then in case any female requires sanitary napkins.

Street Markets like those in Sarojini Nagar, Lajpat Nagar, Janpath etc. should have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed in the public washrooms so that women can more freely use the facilities without hygiene concerns.

Medium Scale Hospitals can benefit from having sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators to facilitate the sanitary needs of patients and their attendants.

Schools and Colleges must have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed as they would help girls to continue their studies in a hassle free manner and it will also lead to decreased absenteeism.

Malls should have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed to increase convenience for female shoppers as it is not possible for them to buy single napkins in case of emergencies, they are forced to buy entire packets.

Railway Stations and Bus Stands must have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed as they are operational 24x7 and have a large footfall of female commuters.

Large Scale Hospitals must have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed as it is not possible for females to buy single napkins in case of emergencies, they are forced to buy entire packets from pharmacies. Installation of incinerators will ensure a more hygienic environment.

Budget Hotels and Hostels should have sanitary napkin vending machines and incinerators installed as women use these places at all times of the day and in case of emergencies it would be very convenient and hygienic for them to have these facilities close at hand.

Sustainability

To have seamless, uninterrupted operations, sustainability of the project is of utmost importance.

The functions of the project should be strategized in a way that ensures proper acquisition and utilization of funds.

Some of the sources of fund acquisition are:

⇛ Government Aid

⇛ CSR Initiatives By Corporates

⇛ Philanthropic Foundations

⇛ Private Donations

⇛ Private Hospitals & Institutions Funding

The fund collection can then be used in different areas in different ways.

Paid services can be set up in urban areas and all funds collected an be used in providing free services in rural areas.

Modes of Payment

Cash is the primary mode of payment. Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines accept coins of various denominations.

Debit/Credit Cards can be used to make payment. This would require additional hardware and software modifications to the machines.

E-wallets like PayTm, Google Pay, Amazon Pay can also be used to make the payment. This feature would require further modifications to the system.

Smart Cards/ Contactless Cards require inclusion of RFID system and software enhancements to be able to be used to make payments.

Medical Benefit Cards can also be linked to the system and used to make payment.

While all modes of payment are suitable for urban settings, the most suitable modes of payment in rural settings would be cash or medical benefit cards.