Menstrual Hygiene in Urban Slums

Principal Investigators: Supriya Garikipati & Camille Boudot
Research Team: Camille Boudot
LEAD Centre: Centre for Microfinance (CMF)
Focus Area: Livelihoods
Project Geography: Hyderabad, Telangana
Partner: SAFA
Status: Completed


A recent report by AC Nielsen for Plan India, suggested that only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary pads, while the remaining resort to traditional methods ranging from cloth to sawdust. This is thought to be due to a range of both supply and demand constraints, such as access to shops, willingness to pay, and social stigma. Focusing on the condition of sanitary care in urban slums, the main objective of this study was to provide an in-depth understanding of the current state of sanitary care in the case of urban slums and identify appropriate and feasible target areas (e.g. type of sanitary care, price, distribution model) for potential future intervention.