The Oil India Limited (OIL) has launched ‘OIL Shakti’, a community-based sanitary napkin production and marketing unit in Assam.

The objective of the project is to promote menstrual health and hygiene management among women of vulnerable communities so as to reduce maternal and infant mortality ratios.

The scheme was launched under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Hijuguri in eastern Assam’s Tinsukia district.

“The scheme will increase the livelihood opportunities as well as health and hygiene management of women, especially in rural areas,” said an OIL official.

For carrying out mass awareness against the stigma associated with menstruation, a comic book based on scientific facts in the Assamese language was also released which would be distributed at schools, colleges and the community level, said a statement.

The sanitary napkin production and marketing unit would be managed by a large network of rural women for the promotion of menstrual health and hygiene management among the vulnerable communities.

The unit was inaugurated by OIL’s chief general manager Dilip Kumar Bhuyan along with deputy general manager (CSR & CC) Tridiv Hazarika and senior manager-(CSR) Nayana Madhu Dutta among others.

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