The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately aﬀected women and girls, harming their health, agency, mobility and economic independence. We
validated the needs of vulnerable menstruators at the onset of the pandemic and discovered that a majority were significantly less likely to access menstrual and sexual reproductive health services and products, increasing their risk of associated health disorders.
Alongside timely access to healthcare and education, the helpline aspires to our vision of reducing gender inequity by enabling men with knowledge and safe spaces to address stigma around their own sexual reproductive health, thereby encouraging them to build supportive environments for menstruators in their family.
By design, marginalised urban and rural communities without access to smartphones are able to connect to Hello Saathi with complete anonymity from the privacy of their homes.
Currently the helpline is available in Hindi, Tamil, Marathi and Kannada, complementing our community and schools programme PeriodShala to sustain access to safe spaces and advice beyond our grassroots programmes.
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