MENSTRUAL WASTE DISPOSAL: A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN TRIBAL AND NON-TRIBAL COMMUNITIES OF SELECTED DISTRICTS OF WEST BENGALLOPAMUDRA GANGULY AND LAKSHMINARAYAN SATPATI
Background: In almost every culture around the world, there is a severe stigma associated with individuals seeing or being aware of this used material. Despite the countryâs massive waste generation, India lacks separate standards for sanitary waste disposal. As a result, the removal of menstrual waste is a severe issue in the country. In the designated districts, descriptive and cross-sectional research of adolescent girls were done. 788 women who had menstrual flow for at least three consecutive menstrual cycles were chosen as samples using the sampling technique. Data is being collected on 435 non-tribal women and 353 tribal women in the population. Following that, the data is arranged in a comparative analytical fashion. The data were analyzed using the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Result: Menstrual waste management is a severe issue in several areas, according to the studyâs findings. Nonworking and working women, as well as non-tribal and tribal women, are divided into two categories. Women in the unorganized sector confront more significant challenges due to the unfavourable atmosphere for changing menstrual products and properly disposing them. The proper disposal of used absorbents necessitates user-centered design thinking that considers sociocultural norms surrounding menstruation, product availability, quality, and use, as well as existing sanitary infrastructure.