Impact of Breaking the Silence outreach and programs in isolated regions in India

Urmila Chanam
Posted March 17, 2019 from India
International Women's Day was celebrated in the District Hospital in Tamenglong by giving young girls training on menstrual hygiene and giving them free sanitary napkins
International Women's Day was celebrated in the District Hospital in Tamenglong by giving young girls training on menstrual hygiene and giving them free sanitary napkins

8th March 2019, District Hospital, Tamenglong, Manipur: Tamenglong district in Manipur(India) is a focus district of Breaking the Silence, a campaign that raises awareness on menstrual hygiene in rural and isolated parts of India and in other countries. We led a deep dive outreach, sensitization and advocacy effort in 2018 in Tamenglong and many government departments were sensitized on menstrual hygiene including the Health Department and District Hospital.

The outcome is the development of interest, capacity and resolve demonstrated by the health department of Tamenglong district under the leadership of Dr. Chambo Gonmei the Chief Medical Officer.

International Women's Day with a theme "Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change" was organised at the District Hospital, Tamenglong by the District Health Society on 8th March 2019 targeting mainly adolescent girls of government schools. Mr. Ajin Thaimei, EE, PHED, Tamenglong was the Chief Guest and Dr. Chambo Gonmei, CMO, Tml as the President of the Function. More than 240 girls from Gaidailong Primary School, JNV and MV High school including Medical Officers, Nurses, ASHA Facilitators, ASHAs, other paramedical staff and attendants were present.

The organizers and departments involved say their work is motivated by Urmila Chanam and "Breaking the Silence" which introduced to them this aspect of women and girl's health and well being.Menstrual Hygiene and how to maintain clean healthy lifestyle and do away with all kinds of tribal taboos were emphasized. Under the flagship programme of NHM Adolescent Friendly Health Clinic (RKSK) is opened from once a week to daily except on Sundays and Holidays. Under Maternal Health PMSMA is carried out on 9th of every month.

During the programme Free sanitary pads were distributed to the student girls and participants (who have reached puberty). It was an eye opening for all. The District Health Society Tamenglong will be organising "Menstrual Hygiene" on 28th May 2019 in a bigger way and to observe in all the PHCs and PHSCs of the district.

"Next time we will try our best to reach out to the remote areas where poor people are ignorant about maternal care and menstrual under the campaign banner Breaking the Silence", Dr, Chamo Gonmei informed.

The major goal of Breaking the Silence is to ‘inform and inspire’ the government at different levels federal, state, district and local government level to implement comprehensive programs on menstrual hygiene management and this has begun in Tamenglong district. Breaking the Silence and District Health Department are constantly in touch, in consultation and planning for joint programs in the near future.

An article on the news from 18/03/2019: http://e-pao.net/GP.asp?src=13..180319.mar19

 

 

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Jill Langhus
Mar 17
Mar 17

Dear Urmila,

Thanks so much again for sharing your lovely, and inspiring work, update and photos with us! Good luck with your story submission!

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear sister,
Thanks for keeping abreast with developments from my front and your wishes, they mean a lot to me.
Love always,
Urmila Chanam,
India

Jill Langhus
Mar 23
Mar 23

You're welcome. I love hearing about all the amazing work you're doing:-)

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otahelp
Mar 17
Mar 17

Dear Urmila you really captured the essence of the program very well and the content of the program. thank you for being very thoughtful and innovative in your approach. thank you for sharing knowledge with our adolescents and others

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear Otahelp,
Adolescents, both girls and boys are most important as changing adults takes more time and effort due to prolonged conditioning. The youth are more open to taking in new thoughts and habits. Ofcourse we cannot give up on adults too. Thanks for reading sister and your encouragement.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Tamarack Verrall
Mar 20
Mar 20

My dear Sister,
The energy waves of change that you continually create widen and deepen with each action you initiate. What a tremendous new event. I love seeing the photo, and reading the acknowledgement of the wide spread changes you have created these past years. Doing away with all kinds of tribal taboos were emphasized. One sentence representing brilliant, courageous and longstanding dedication to action that brings real and lasting change.
With deep respect and love,
Tam

Urmila Chanam
Mar 23
Mar 23

Dear sister Tamarack,
I would like to first thank you for remaining involved and engaged at different phases of my work and being there for me as a sister. I am so fortunate to have found you through World Pulse and I wish the same for women around the world to find a sister like you too.
Love and hugs,
Urmila Chanam,
India