Study of menstrual hygiene and awareness of Udita corners among adolescent girls in Indore district.
Keywords:Adolescent girls, Menstruation, Udita Corner
Introduction: Menstruation is a normal physiological process indicating beginning of reproductive life but sometimes it is considered as unclean phenomenon in the Indian society. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has introduced a Scheme for Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene among Adolescent Girls in the age group of 10-19 years in rural areas. In Madhya Pradesh, Directorate ICDS and Water Aid India started the Udita Project on Menstrual Hygiene Day. Methodology: This is a Cross-sectional study done for a period of 12 months. Sampling method used is Multi-stage random Sampling. Semi structured open ended questionnaires was used as a study tool to interview adolescent girls. Questionnaire consists of questions related to knowledge attitude and practice regarding the menstruation. Results: Out of 150 girls from urban AWCs 54.6% belonged to 11-14 and 45.3% to 14-18. In rural AWCs out of 150 girls 57.3 were from 11-14 years while 42.6% were from 14-18 years. Mean age for 11-18 years was 14.31.There was significant difference between beneficiaries of urban and rural AWCs with regards to knowledge and practice of menstruation and its hygienic practices. Significant difference (P=0.001) was noted between beneficiaries from rural and urban AWCs regarding awareness of Udita corners. Conclusion: Although, schemes similar to Udita project are started in some states, if implemented effectively across the country, it would contribute greatly to create increased awareness of menstrual hygiene and ultimately healthy population of women in the future.
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