Menstrual Hygiene Friendly Spaces

Wheels Global’s Health group’s mission is to provide affordable healthcare solutions to India’s more than 800 million rural and underserved population. The poverty, lack of healthcare facilities, lack of water and sanitation facilities, and lack of infrastructure exacerbate the problems.

Menstrual Hygiene Friendly Spaces

About MHFS

Menstrual Hygiene Friendly Spaces (MHFS) works on community-centric solutions to health and sanitation in rural India. Since 2010, the Sevak Project has utilized the United States Navy corpsman model to improve access to healthcare, employing individuals similar to medical assistants or health coaches. The selected individuals are trained and supported by the staff of Baroda Medical College in implementing education, screening, and healthcare tracking programs. The Sevak Project is now in over 100 villages across four states of India and has now expanded to twelve villages in Guyana in South America. 

Problem Statement


♦ 7% of young rural Indian women use unhygienic menstrual protection methods.

♦ Period poverty limits girls’ education and participation in public life.

♦ Taboos/misinformation for menstruation is hindering healthy practices.

Solution & Uniqueness

Non-electric affordable/accessible pad vending machines.

♦ Menstrual education curriculum.

♦ Reusable cloth pads and period underwear.

♦ Holistic approach: Addressing accessibility, affordability, education, and social stigma.

♦ Grassroots focus: Reaching underserved communities in rural India.

♦ Sustainable solutions: Environmentally friendly products and local manufacturing.

♦ Lakshmi Chatbot: AI-powered resource information.

Scale of Opportunity

Installed 120 pad banks, benefiting 70,000 girls.

♦ 100,000 people sensitized through the menstrual curriculum.

♦ 1,000 women and girls trained in cloth pad-making

WGF leaders providing oversight:

Ratan Agarwal

Call To Action

▸SPREAD the word about the organization’s activities among your contacts

▸INVEST and contribute towards the organization’s mission

▸SHARE your knowledge or expertise on any of the following: Health, Health Education, and Menstrual Hygiene.

▸VOLUNTEER with any of the organization’s activities

▸WRITE about the organization’s work to share with the external audience

To contribute to MHFS’s activities, click to visit the website.

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