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IN People ON 04 Mar, 2016
Arunachalam Muruganantham, India's first menstruation man has successfully helped millions of girls across the country with his invention of affordable sanitary pads. In India, millions of women either can't afford safe menstrual hygienic products or don't have an access to them. He did this to help all those women who get to go through unhygienic health conditions as far as menstruation is concerned.
Aljazeera English has produced a beautiful video on Muruganantham's journey and the video is going viral for all the right reasons. Let's have a look at his journey.
He used to see his wife using old rugs during her periods. To help her, he decided to make sanitary pads.
...to finally make a usable sanitary pad during which his wife left him because of embarrassment.
His industry offers jobs to thousands and 877 brands make his sanitary pads in 27 Indian states.
His wife came back to him five years later and is very proud of her husband now.
Muruga started experimenting with different materials, but was faced with another problem as well as he always had to wait a month before his wife could test each new prototype.
For this, he asked medical students at a university close to his village. Some of them actually tested his pads but they were too shy to give him detailed feedback. Left with no alternative, he decided to test the sanitary pads himself.
He knew why he was going through all this. During his research, he had learned that only ten to twenty percent of all girls and women in India have access to proper menstrual hygiene products.
This was no longer just about helping his wife. Muruga was on the mission to produce low-cost sanitary pads for all the girls and women in his country.
Now women's groups or schools can buy his machine, produce their own sanitary pads and sell the surplus. He has started a revolution in his own country and we are proud of him.