Government Launches ‘SUVIDHA’- 100 Percent Bio-Degradable Sanitary Napkins (Important) (Download PDF)


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The government, announced the launch of 100 percent biodegradable sanitary napkins, to be called “Suvidha”, under the under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana. This step taken by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to ensure Affordable and Quality Healthcare for All. The cost of the napkin would be Rs. 2.50.

Image of SUVIDHA-100 Percent Bio-Degradable Sanitary Napkins

Image of SUVIDHA-100 Percent Bio-Degradable Sanitary Napkins

Image of SUVIDHA-100 Percent Bio-Degradable Sanitary Napkins

  • Suvidha was launched on International Woman’s day, as this unique product to ensure affordability, hygiene, ease of use, and easy disposal. ‘Swachhta, Swasthya and Suvidha’ are the touchstones of the product
  • SUVIDHA napkins would be physically available at all Janaushadhi Kendras in the country by May 28, 2018 - World Menstrual Hygiene Day.

National Family Health Survey 2015 - 16: Use of Sanitary Napkins

According to the National Family Health Survey 2015 - 16,

  • About 58 percent of women aged between 15 to 24 years use locally prepared napkins, sanitary napkins and tampons.

  • About 78 percent women in urban areas use hygienic methods of protection during menstrual period

  • Only 48 percent women in rural areas have access to clean sanitary napkins.

Background on Other Women Hygiene Efforts

  • Two NGOs – Tasya and Chandran’s Yuva Foundation installed two sanitary napkin vending machines at the Coimbatore Medical College in Tamil Nadu. Similar machines will be installed in public places like bus stands in Gandhipuram, Singanallur, Ukkadam and Mettupalayam in the district.

  • Unhygienic aids cause fungal infections, Reproductive Tract Infection, Urinary Tract Infection, Cervical cancer and also make women vulnerable to infertility. The disposal of non-biodegradable sanitary napkins available creates a huge environmental problem.

PMBJP Scheme

  • Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses.
  • PMBJP stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs.
  • It was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in November 2008 under the name Jan Aushadi Campaign. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for PMBJP.
  • Its vision is to bring down the healthcare budget of every citizen of India through providing Quality generic Medicines at Affordable Prices.

Jan Aushadhi Store (JAS)

  • JAS has been opened across the country. The normal working hours of JAS are 8 Am to 8 PM.
  • All therapeutic medicines are made available from Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  • In addition to medicines and surgical items supplied by BPPI, Jan Aushadhi stores also sell allied medical products commonly sold in chemist shops so as to improve the viability of running the Jan Aushadhi store.
  • OTC (Over-the-counter) products can be purchased by any individual without a prescription. A prescription from a registered medical practitioner is necessary for the purchase of scheduled drugs.
  • BPPI (Bureau of Pharma Public Sector Undertakings of India) has been established under the Department of Pharmaceuticals, Govt. of India, with the support of all the CPSUs for co-coordinating procurement, supply and marketing of generic drugs through the Jan Aushadhi Stores.
  • The quality, safety and efficacy of medicines are ensured by getting each batch of medicines procured from CPSUs as well as private suppliers tested from NABL approved laboratories and conforming to the required standards before the same are supplied to Supers stockists/Jan Aushadhi Stores from the Warehouse of BPPI.

- Published/Last Modified on: July 27, 2018

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