A Bloody Problem: Period Poverty, Why We Need to End It and How to Do It

In her efforts to unite the philanthropic resources to fight period poverty, … to inform and inspire the next generation of philanthropists – The Foundry.

WARSAW, Poland, Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Kulczyk Foundation, a Polish private family foundation, and Founders Pledge, a community of entrepreneurs committed to finding and funding solutions to global challenges, have launched a new report on period poverty. A bloody problem: period poverty, why we need to end it and how to do it – which reviews the current state of funding and solutions to ending period poverty – finds that there is no unified approach to data collection, fundraising or implementation of period poverty programmes.

Polish philanthropist and businesswoman
Polish philanthropist and businesswoman

The report is part of a new commitment from Dominika Kulczyk, a philanthropist and the richest Polish woman, who provided funding for the report as part of her search for the most efficient and cost-effective programmes addressing period poverty globally. In her efforts to unite the philanthropic resources to fight period poverty, Dominika Kulczyk joins Founders Pledge and their group of individual philanthropists and family foundations coming together to inform and inspire the next generation of philanthropists – The Foundry. This group of visionary donors supports Founders Pledge’s mission to direct philanthropic dollars towards the most effective charities and organisations around the world.

Period poverty has been an invisible issue for years, despite an estimated 1.9 billion girls and women currently menstruating. Menstruation stigmatised is often and invisible, contributing to millions of girls and women worldwide not having what they need to manage their menstrual hygiene, ultimately missing out on education, job opportunities and life quality.

The report reveals the scale and burden of the problem globally, the harms caused by a lack of access to sanitary products, and the effectiveness of activities to tackle period poverty. The report estimates that total current spending on period poverty worldwide is between $10 and $100 million per year – suggesting this is a hugely underfunded issue when comparing it to the total donations to charitable causes which annually are approximately $449.64 billion in the US, and £10 billion in the UK alone.

A bloody problem: period poverty, why we need to end it and how to do it offers a unique perspective on the state of period poverty, but most importantly draws attention to the most cost-effective programmes around the world.

Dominika Kulczyk, Founder and President of the Kulczyk Foundation said,

“Access to complete menstrual health and hygiene is a basic human right. Without it, women and girls cannot pursue full lives with dignity and confidence. It is deeply unfair that girls in all parts of the world miss out on better education, and women on work, because they were too poor to have a period.

“We have neglected this issue for too long, and I’m proud to have worked with Founders Pledge to take the first step towards understanding how we can make the biggest impact, quickly. What’s clear, is the need to unite the international community on global standards for reducing period poverty, and better fund those programmes that deliver the highest impact for women and girls who every month have to choose between a meal or a sanitary pad.

“I invite the international community to join me and work together to end period poverty.”

The report recommends greater focus on building a strong evidence base, and investment into eight organisations currently committed to delivering effective interventions. It identifies 80 organisations addressing period poverty, with eight organisations demonstrating the most cost-effective practice.

Eight organisations which are listed as the most cost-effective when it comes to ending period poverty, and which stood out across factors such as a solid theory of change, high quality evidence generation, and organisational strength, are:

Days for Girls, headquartered in the US with offices in Uganda, Nepal, Ghana, and Guatemala

Inua Dada Foundation, headquartered and operating in Kenya

Irise International, UK and Uganda based

NFCC, headquartered and operating in Nepal

Population Services International, headquartered in the US, Europe, and Kenya

Sesame Workshop’s Girl Talk program in Zimbabwe, headquartered in the US

Simavi, headquartered in the Netherlands with operations across Africa and Asia

WoMena, headquartered in Denmark and Uganda

David Goldberg, Co-Founder and CEO of Founders Pledge said,

“One of the most important steps in addressing the lack of complete Menstrual Health and Hygiene globally is finding the most effective solutions through rigorous research, and identifying the organisations implementing high-impact interventions. This report takes valuable steps in that direction and I hope it will help donors and governments tackle this issue with a clearer understanding of what barriers must be overcome.

“Founders Pledge is thrilled to team up with Dominika Kulczyk and her foundation to boost the impact of philanthropists working to beat period poverty. Her work and support for women-led projects is a great example of her leadership and philanthropic abilities in Eastern Europe.

“I would like to encourage philanthropists to come together and support Dominika’s movement, especially now that we have a better understanding of the effectiveness of the programmes in this space. With a unified and coordinated approach, I believe we can end period poverty.”

Marni Sommer, Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University,who contributed to the report said,

“There has been remarkable growing attention to addressing the menstruation-related needsof girls, women and all people with periods around the world in recent years, however thereremains a long way to go. The social and economic impact of COVID-19 also threatens toreverse progress made to address period poverty, along with ongoing stigma around menstruation that hinders girls’ and women’s equal and successful engagement in education, work and society.

“The Kulczyk Foundation’s important review and investment in menstrual health and hygiene not only supports critical efforts to address these issues, but serves as a clarion call to donorsand governments that there is much left to do, and collective efforts and resources areneeded for rigorous, impactful action going forward.”

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Most want laws for stricter public hygiene, survey finds

Financial technology executive Sarthak Shreya, 26, who lives near the Civic District, noted that people have been mindful in public spaces in recent …

An overwhelming majority of around 95 per cent of Singapore residents are keen on laws and enforcement when it comes to public hygiene in places such as childcare centres, eateries and malls.

The third edition of the Public Cleanliness Satisfaction Survey, conducted by the Singapore Management University (SMU), polled 1,716 Singaporeans and permanent residents aged 21 and above.

The results were released yesterday.

The survey, based on responses collected from last December to April, before the start of the circuit breaker, asked residents about their perceptions of public cleanliness and hygiene in Singapore.

While maintaining public cleanliness involves removing dirt or litter from public spaces, maintaining public hygiene goes a notch higher and involves disinfecting public spaces to kill germs and minimise the spread of infectious diseases.

The majority of the people polled were concerned about the level of hygiene in public places.

About 97 per cent of them agreed that there should be laws to require stricter hygiene standards for shared spaces such as childcare centres, eldercare facilities, schools, food establishments and shopping centres.

Respondents also wanted building operators to be made responsible for the public hygiene of their buildings.

When it came to public cleanliness, about 93 per cent of respondents indicated that they were satisfied with the cleanliness of public spaces they recently visited.

This was a 9 per cent hike from 2018.

Both Professor Paulin Tay Straughan, SMU’s dean of students and professor of sociology (practice), and Dr Mathew Mathews, senior research fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies at the National University of Singapore, who led the survey together, agreed that the ramping up of cleaning efforts due to the Covid-19 pandemic may have led to the increase in satisfaction levels.

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Prof Straughan said: “We see all the negative effects of Covid-19 but it has also opened opportunities for us to do things that we might not normally have done with urgency. Careful attention to public hygiene is something that is appropriate at this time.

“I do think if we take advantage of the opportunities that we have now, we might have a higher chance of changing behaviour in a sustainable way.”

Despite the overall satisfaction, 23 per cent of respondents said that the thoroughness of the cleaning in hawker centres and coffee shops was still insufficient.

When it came to returning trays in food and beverage establishments, 36 per cent of respondents said they were unsure if trays should be returned.

About the same number of respondents expected cleaners to return the trays instead.

The results of the survey threw light on Singapore’s reliance on cleaning services to ensure the cleanliness of surroundings.

Indeed, 87 per cent of respondents acknowledged that Singapore is clean only because of the efficiency of its cleaning services.

Less than half of the respondents indicated that they would volunteer in a neighbourhood group that championed cleanliness matters.

Financial technology executive Sarthak Shreya, 26, who lives near the Civic District, noted that people have been mindful in public spaces in recent months.

“I notice people are careful about their actions in public because of Covid-19. They want to make sure they and those around them are not at risk.

“If we maintain the same level of hygiene even after this pandemic, it can help the community build resilience against future threats,” he said.

The study went on to suggest some ways the public could improve public cleanliness and hygiene.

For example, it suggested that cleaners in food and beverage outlets could put in less active effort to clear trays, which would send a strong message that it is the patrons’ duty to return trays.

It also suggested that the Government could consider how building operators can be accountable for and transparent about public hygiene matters.

What I Am Reading October 18th

… may have answered “slip and fall” attorneys, and that is true, a more woke answer would be private equity firms like Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

It is a prime time of the year for sports. The World Series is just about to get underway, and we are just about in the middle of football’s regular season. Perhaps, for that reason, a new public service announcement may have escaped your notice. Yes, tackle football is the new smoking, especially for players 14 and under. Helmets were brought into football to reduce head injuries, and over the years, those helmets have become increasingly sophisticated in how and what protection they provide. An article from the Conversation, “Could helmetless tackling training reduce football head injuries?” ponders whether all that safety has inadvertently made the game far more unsafe.

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When I use the term ambulance chasers, who comes to mind?

Pencils down.

While many of you may have answered “slip and fall” attorneys, and that is true, a more woke answer would be private equity firms like Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.

“Ambulance services used to be covered by local taxpayers, volunteers, or nonprofit hospitals, part of a suite of services akin to firefighting, which many people took for granted. This remained the status quo for emergency medical services for decades. Then, following the 2008 recession, private equity firms began to buy up ambulance companies. Quality has declined, and prices have shot up.”

From the American Prospect, Private Equity Chases Ambulances. And while it isn’t mentioned in the article, private equity firms have found another investment opportunity, emergency medical services. Many hospitals outsource their emergency care to these groups. And consider this, two sources of surprise billing in health, are the rides to the Emergency Department and the Emergency Department itself. Just saying.

About a month ago, I wrote about the hygiene hypothesis, that some of our chronic diseases are a result of our improved hygiene – we don’t get exposure to everything our immune system has evolved to protect us against. From Slate Star Codex, “a blog about science, medicine, philosophy, politics, and futurism,” another evolutionary hypothesis, “Maybe Your Zoloft Stopped Working Because A Liver Fluke Tried To Turn Your Nth-Great-Grandmother Into A Zombie.”

Finally, from Nautil.us, an article looking at those moments when we are “in the flow.” When we effortlessly and in a very subconscious way, do our thing, like improvisational music, or on some occasions, surgical care. What Time Feels Like When You’re Improvising is a look at the neurobiology of being in that flow. For the interested, the areas of the brain that appear involved are also the ones associated with advanced practitioners of meditation. You got to love it when East truly meets West.

Are Uber and Lyft germy rides?

Every day, 19 million people use Uber or Lyft to get around. Ride-sharing has become a huge craze. It’s easy. It’s convenient. It’s affordable. But how …

Every day, 19 million people use Uber or Lyft to get around. Ride-sharing has become a huge craze. It’s easy. It’s convenient. It’s affordable. But how clean are the Uber or Lyft vehicles you ride in?

You might not be able to see the germs, but a new study conducted by the insurance company NetQuote found they are there.

Results showed the average rideshare vehicle has about 219 times as many germs as the average taxi, which is regularly cleaned. They were nearly three times germier than the average toothbrush holder and more than 35,000 times germier than the average toilet seat.

To protect yourself, avoid touching the germiest areas such as window buttons. Another bad area for germs: the seat belt. You can’t avoid that, but be sure to use a hand sanitizer after your ride.

Surprisingly, door handles aren’t as bad. Report vehicles that are unclean to the ridesharing service. Drivers are also encouraged to vacuum and wipe down their cars often and to use an air sanitizer.

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