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Menstrual issues serve as an important indicator for underlying health issues (such as anaemia, PCOS, unintended pregnancies)

Menstrual irregularities and disorders can significantly reduce quality of life, affecting health, social interactions, education, and economic opportunities

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Our Grassroots Work

Our Model

Menstrual Education in Schools

We collaborate closely with health systems to integrate our programs seamlessly into existing adolescent health services. By training government frontline workers with accurate menstrual health information, we empower them to establish physical and virtual safe spaces. These spaces are dedicated to promoting health-seeking behaviours, menstrual cycle tracking, and timely healthcare access.

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OUTCOME:

Adolescent girls learn about their bodies, how to track their menstrual cycles, and identify menstrual irregularities

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Technical advisory for telemedicine helpline

We offer technical support to health systems to establish telemedicine helplines or enhance existing government helplines, ensuring they can address menstrual disorders and related issues in a safe, non-judgmental manner. This helpline provides adolescent girls with a secure space for support after sessions conducted by frontline workers, creating a reliable and non-judgmental on-demand support network when they need it most. If further diagnosis is needed, we refer them to local healthcare providers or offer counselling support to facilitate the connection.

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OUTCOME:

Adolescent girls reach out to the helpline in case of menstrual irregularities and related concerns

Sensitisation of local health system

We empower primary and adolescent health providers through targeted training and capacity-building programs. These initiatives ensure providers are aware of and responsive to the unique needs of adolescents. By fostering a supportive and non-judgmental environment, we enhance the quality of adolescent health services.

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OUTCOME:

Adolescent girls seek healthcare by physically bringing themselves to a government healthcare worker

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Data-Informed Advocacy

While implementing these initiatives, we provide tools like QR codes, access to WhatsApp groups, and feedback options on the helpline. This ensures that girls have the space and agency to report gaps, enabling evidence-based advocacy to address WASH infrastructure and health system deficiencies, which are reported back to the respective government departments.

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OUTCOME:
Adolescent girls self report the status of the WASH/Health  infrastructure using the most accessible tools

Sandbox/Learning labs

We have three direct implementation regions where we test, iterate, innovate to solve existing gaps within the model or solve for critical gaps in the healthcare system which we think needs to be addressed urgently. Over the years we have tried and build various solutions that have proven to be successful and integrated into the scale up programs:

Hello Saathi

Was a covid response initiative, received 60,000+ engagements over a period of 4 years, it was only through Hello Saathi we realised the prevalence of menstrual irregularities and menstrual health conditions - which strongly influenced Uninhibited’s strategy. Now Hello Saathi is part of our core model being implemented with the Government of Karnataka.

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Mission Mahima

On 28th May 2022, Mission Mahima, in partnership with the Jhabua District and UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh was launched by the Collector of the District in Jhabua.Through Mission Mahima we aimed to strengthen access to menstrual healthcare, education, products, and improving WASH across institutions to make Jhabua a Period Friendly District.

Menstrual Cup Scheme

The Government of Karnataka launched the Mythri Programme under the Suchi Menstrual hygiene program (RKSK)in July 2022. The Mythri Programme with the technical support of Uninhibited piloted menstrual cups alongside menstrual health awareness sessions.

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Sex Workers Pilot

Making Menstrual and Sexual Reproductive Health accessible to sex worker communities. Through this program, we actively worked to reduce the stigma often associated with sex work. By offering support and a non-discriminatory environment, we contributed to changing societal perceptions and biases with the four steps:

  1. Outreach

  2. Access to Information

  3. Providing a safe space

  4. Empowerment

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Sukhibhava Foundation is a tax-exempt charitable trust registered in Bengaluru, India. Reg. No. MLS-4-00014-2016-18

Sukhibhava Foundation: 288, 1ST ‘A’ CROSS, RMV 2ND STAGE, NAGASHETTY HALLI, BENGALURU 560094

Gramin Vikas Samiti, a society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. Gramin Vikas Samiti: 504/1, Bhimgarh Kheri, Part-II, Gurgaon Pin 122001
Uninhibited USA. Inc, a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN: 88-2081837) registered in New York

*inclusive of non-binary, trans, and people who menstruate

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