There are 87.5 million adolescent girls in India who currently attend school. According to AC Nielsen, as many as 23% of these girls are at risk of dropping out after reaching puberty. One reason for this alarming statistic is the significant difficulty faced by girls in managing menstruation at school. Along with an inadequate supply of sanitary menstrual products, the schools these girls attend have severe gaps in their physical infrastructure, teaching and social environment. Due to lack of knowledge, support and resources to manage menstruation in schools, girls suffer in their attendance, concentration and class participation. Eventually, many girls drop out of school altogether.
As menstrual hygiene management (MHM) is largely ignored in society, few people raise their voices or mobilize people and resources to make facilities such as schools menstruation-friendly. The few individuals and private and public institutions that realize the problem and want to improve conditions do not know of the tangible and impactful actions they can take to sustainability improve the menstrual friendliness of schools. The Menstrual Friendly School Program is meant to solve this problem.