Need To Start A Holistic Discussion On Menstruation

It’s often discussed in hushed voices behind closed doors and locked windows. Boys are urged to explore, giggle and often pass sarcastic comments when the topic comes up, while girls are taught to avoid uttering the word openly in public. ‘Menstruation’ or  ‘periods’, a quite naturally occurring process, is thus marred by appalling misconception and disturbing superstitions .Yes, women ‘bleed’ for six-seven days every month, but in a country like India the physical pain that they have to undergo during the cycle is surpassed by the mental turmoil created by the society.

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Anganwadi – A Child’s First Step Towards A Healthy Start

This is the story of the three remote hamlets residing on the peripheries of the Bheembandh forests in the Haveli Kharagpur block of Munger, Bihar. These three villages of Motitarhi, Kenduatarhi and Doodhpaniya now sport one ICDS centre catering to 40 children, and two mini ICDS centres catering to 20 children in the age group of (3-6) years respectively (according to Government policy).The 40 children in the ICDS centre of Motitarhi will greet you with this song that is aimed to encourage parents to send their children (below 6 years of age) to the Anganwadis. This ICDS centre runs in the verandah of a rented hut.  The owner of the house has graciously agreed to even rent the kitchen for the AWC worker and Sevika to cook lunch for the children. All three of these ICDS centres have been functional for the past one and a half years. Today, between the three of them, they have been able to cover all the children in the three villages and the parents are now happy with the services children and pregnant mothers receive from the centres.

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