The fall in income brought on by COVID-19 has pushed the need for sanitary napkins far down the list of essentials for many families. As a result, many women and girls are at risk of a fall in reproductive health.
Imagine waking up one morning to find out the home that you lived in for years is reduced to ashes, all your assets are gone, your family members are injured and left with no food, money or shelter. Now, imagine being pregnant or having a pregnant wife only a week away from her delivery date in this situation. Scary? Given the frequent slum fires and violent eviction drives – unfortunately this is not a very uncommon scenario in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.