Balconagar, September 23
Bharat Aluminum Company Limited (BALCO), India’s iconic aluminum producer and a subsidiary of Vedanta Aluminum Business, conducted a two-day district-level training program on menstrual health management in Korba, Chhattisgarh .
The training session was organized in association with the Department of Women and Child Development, Chhattisgarh, and Sarthak Jan Vikas Sansthan, partner NGO under the ‘Nayi Kiran’ project. The training session saw the participation of more than 130 female Anganwadi workers and supervisors from different blocks in Korba district.
The two-day training program included different sessions and activities on the importance of menstrual health as a biological process, addressing the social stigmas attached to it, health issues associated with menstruation, diet to follow during menstruation, etc. Participants were also trained on ways to educate adolescent girls and women about the need for good menstrual health management. During the session, participants collaboratively developed a strategy to help adolescent girls reap the benefits of various government programs for them.
Appreciating the efforts undertaken by BALCO, MD Nayak, District Program Officer, Department of Women and Child Development, Korba, said: “I want to urge the aganwadi workers and supervisors to sensitize community members more about this in order to make this training program a real success. BALCO has started a project dedicated to menstrual health management, which is commendable. I am certain that our efforts will improve the collective health status of women in the region.
Speaking about the initiative, Abhijit Pati, CEO and Director of BALCO said, “Our Nayi Kiran project aims to improve women’s health in the region through multiple interventions. One of these critical interventions is building the capacity of Anganwadi workers and female supervisors to enable them to become catalysts for change, debunking myths and taboos related to menstrual health. The main objective of these sessions is to integrate menstrual health management as a topic, so that the focus can be on improving women’s health holistically. We have partnered with the district administration for this mission, and we hope it will really make a difference in the lives of local communities.
Sharing her experience, Kirti Jain, Supervisor, Korba, said, “The training session was extremely informative. This helped us develop the right approach to communicate the message about menstrual health management to the community. With such insightful sessions, I believe that we as frontline workers will be able to effect positive change regarding women’s health in the region.
Launched in 2019, the Nayi Kiran project reaches 45 villages and neighborhoods spread across rural and urban areas. As part of the project, BALCO undertook capacity building and leadership sessions with 60 adolescent girls’ groups, 60 women’s self-help groups and 60 frontline workers, making them torchbearers for awareness raising safe menstrual health practices. In an inclusive approach, the company has also endeavored to raise awareness in the male fraternity on the subject. 60 teens were also named Community Menstrual Health Awareness Champions. This year, four Swastha Suvidha Kendras have also been established in the villages to advise residents on issues related to menstrual health and hygiene and to answer questions should they arise. So far, BALCO has reached nearly 33,400 women, men, adolescent girls and boys through Nayi Kiran.
Bharat Aluminum Company Limited (BALCO) is India’s flagship aluminum producer. It is 49% owned by the Indian government and 51% by Vedanta Limited. BALCO is part of Vedanta’s Aluminum Business, a division of Vedanta Limited, which is the largest aluminum manufacturer in India. BALCO operates a 0.57 million tonnes per annum aluminum smelter in Korba, Chhattisgarh. It is also a leader in value-added aluminum products that find critical applications in basic industries. With its world-class smelter and power plants, the company is fulfilling its mission to drive emerging applications of aluminum as the “metal of the future” for a greener future.