Menstruation has always been considered a taboo in India as well as many different cultures around the world, however its waste management is till date an extremely distressing issue.
Disposal of this menstrual waste is a pronounced health and hygiene problem in India as well as around the globe. Most of the countries have developed techniques to manage their fecal and urinary waste, but there is still a lack of menstrual waste management practices in the world. Menstrual waste constitutes of blood soiled menstrual absorbents and human tissue remnants.
About 336 million girls and women experience menstruation in India annually and approximately 121 million of them use disposable sanitary napkins. The average woman uses over 11,000 napkins throughout her lifetime, leaving behind residue far beyond her lifespan.
JOURNEY OF A SANITARY PAD (in timeline)
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Learn how we at MITADTBIO iGEM are trying to solve this problem of menstrual waste management via Synthetic Biology...