Sunolo Sakhi: India radio show offers menstrual hygiene information for girls

A new radio show is sharing knowledge on menstrual hygiene to young girls and women in the slums of Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Aiming to spread awareness and break taboos, especially in slum areas, Sunolo Sakhi has been designed to take the first steps in educate people about menstrual hygiene. Holding a live phone-in show in a local community radio helps to bring young girls to a discussion platform and get the information that they need.

This is an innovatively designed intervention using traditional radio and mobile usage of young girls at large, and is delivered by Practical Answers, the technical information service of Practical Action India.

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Practical Action India

Practical Action has been working in India for several years, with projects in the eastern province of Odisha. We have also been offering technical information and consultancy services through our Delhi office and knowledge services in India through our knowledge sharing unit, Practical Answers.

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The July 2016 edition of Waterlines, Practical Action's journal on water supply, sanitation, hygiene and waste management, is devoted to the topic of menstrual hygiene in developing countries.

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