Mobile period cramp reliever
Published on June 16, 2016 um 13:52
Explain your idea in details:
In the remote village of Horina, slash and burn cultivator Rangabi Chakma is writhing in pain caused by period cramps. If she misses work today, her whole family will starve tonight. She can’t but travel 1.5 kilometers and climb hills to work. Every month a number of indigenous women in CHT face the problem of dealing with periods unhygienically and suffering from period cramps at work. Pills have side-effects and take longer time to produce effects. Government and pharmaceuticals have already launched campaigns to promote use of sanitary napkins. Still women miss out on work for days at a stretch. When they don’t, their efficiency decreases. Preferring to stay home over being embarrassed at school, many girls drop out from school eventually. With the objective to ensure participation of women and girls in work and education, I propose a convenient, portable package that doesn't harm the natural cycle of menstruation at Tk145 ($1.90): • Warm compress: As a cheaper alternative to a hot water bag, a woolen sock filled with organic ingredients such as rice/oats/beans, some herbs and essential oils (for the fragrance) will be used. It will be 7 inch long and 3inch wide so that it is portable and easy to wear; it can be heated just by keeping it near the stove. By keeping it within a heat proof bag, it will remain warm for 2 hours, more than the duration of cramps. • A comfortable panty with a belt: We intend to make underwear with durable, soft cotton cloth, made entirely from available local materials. The belt will attach and adjust one or more warm rice-stocks to the desired position in the panty to ease back pains and cramps in the lower abdomen. Since this can be made at home, it can turn into a potential industry giving emploment to many.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Indigenous women of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are not exposed to painkillers and healthy means of dealing with period cramps. As a result, they miss out on work and school. In the longer run, indigenous girls become irregular and drop out from school while women are unable to earn their day-to-day bread. Mobile period cramp reliever is small and easy to carry without having to hold it. Besides, the small size doesn’t make their abdomen appear swollen. The use of essential oils and herbs will foster fragrance that will help the users feel less nauseated. This will ensure a healthier lifestyle because the warmth of the rice stock doesn't just provide comfort and have a placebo effect, it also deactivates the pain at a molecular level in much the same way as pharmaceutical. The use of rice stock will necessitate the use of panties which is presently not popular in CHT. Indigenous women will no longer have to miss their work. In this way, they can contribute to their family earning more. More young girls can be incorporated in education. Besides, making the product from local raw materials and the production itself will foster employment and can become a potential source of income. The task is less laborious andthe skill can be easily acquired. Indigenous women will be more empowered and their active participation in work and education will contribute to achieving gender equality. Measures to evaluate success • Increase of enrollment of indigenous girls in schools • Decrease of dropout rate among indigenous girls • Increase of income among indigenous women • Number of visits to local healthcare • Increase of sales of mobile cramp reliever
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Among the three types of healthcare, it’s impossible to compete against primary healthcare which provides healthcare facilities free of cost. My idea incorporates secondary healthcare. Healthcare at district levels led by doctors is heavily incentivized by big pharmaceutical companies. Square and Beximco are keyplayers in CHT. My idea is to approach them for finance and collaboration. Mobile cramp reliever, which adds the value of comfort, will be included in their BTL campaign to encourage women to use sanitary napkins
The government of Bangladesh is currently running Family Planning Program across the country that addresses issues such as birth control. Shurjer Hashi clinics are established in almost all corners. When women attend such programs, they will be told about mobile period cramp reliever which will further foster word of mouth. Collaboration with such programs will foster the recommendation of doctors. Alignment with government’s goals of pursuing good health and well being and gender equality will lend a sustainable edge.
The practice of wearing panties is prevalent, though less, among women of CHT. The growing concern for hygiene creates a demand for production of panties. All the raw materials needed for this package are available at low cost in CHT. Our business model also incorporates indigenous women in the production process by taking orders, making panties at home and then supplying them to pharmaceutical companies. The industry of production of underwear by local raw materials is free from competition in CHT which makes it sustainable.
I am a 21 year old indigenous girl from the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Unlike other kids of Chittagong Hill Tracts, I have been privileged enough to get the best education possible in Bangladesh by the virtue of my parents’ hard work. This has bestowed me with the responsibility to be the voice of less fortunate and marginalized. While growing up, I started to learn more about our history and culture, and understand what led to the ongoing conflicts in Chittagong Hill Tracts. To voice my opinion and know different views to one particular problem, I started debating. In the process, I started questioning anything and everything around me. I am most intrigued by gender and sexuality. I got myself admitted to the top national business school, Institute of Business Administration, University of Dhaka because of its reputation of having the best debate pool in the local circuit. I am in my 6th semester. To add further perspective to debating, I started joining Model United Nations and understanding the factors behind policies of different countries. While doing so, I have attended both local and international competitions and won awards in few. Words can change a lot of things. The discovery of power of words led me to becoming a writer. I am a content contributor of Shout, a youth supplement of the national English newspaper, The Daily Star. I write about anything and everything that frustrates and inspires me. I intend to shift to gender studies and indigenous studies in the future. My motivation is to help the marginalized indigenous people who are struggling against all odds.
Stage of Idea
Mobile period cramp reliever
An indigenous female slash and burn cultivator of Chittagong Hill Tracts
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