Ever since the beginning of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, health experts have constantly reminded the public to practice good hygiene and sanitation. Proper hand washing, taking a bath every day, and brushing one’s teeth help reduce the chances of spreading any virus, especially the COVID-19 which has been causing a health crisis around the world.
But sometimes, people forget that menstrual periods are a thing and that using sanitary napkins is the best way to maintain good hygiene during menstruation. It is rarely seen or heard that sanitary pads are included in relief goods during calamities and other emergencies.
However, in times like these when some families are relying on relief efforts by non-government organizations, local government units, and other individuals, there is a need for hygiene kits that include other items aside from the normal soap and shampoo.
Fortunately, Kotex, one of the country’s leading sanitary product brands, has donated over P2 million worth of their products to non-profit organizations and hospitals. The brand has been working with Power in Her Story, a self-identified feminist publishing house who caters to vulnerable and urban poor women, PWDs, and other women groups, to provide women with sanitary napkins during the quarantine.
“As a company that prides itself in producing personal care essentials, we remain committed to support nationwide efforts to address this health crisis,” says Michael Vainio, General Manager of Kimberly-Clark Philippines.
“Access to feminine hygiene products is currently harder due to limitations in mobility, resources, and time. Through our donation, we want to help ensure the accessibility to these necessities so women can safely manage their menstruation with dignity during these trying times.”
Help for Frontliners
Kotex has also provided frontliners with sanitary products and have already delivered packages to Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital, Ospital ng Makati, East Avenue Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Valenzuela Medical Hospital, and Taguig Pateros District Hospital to help medical staffers and new mothers through the ongoing crisis.
Kotex’s products are available in all leading groceries and supermarkets throughout the country, and stocks are continuously replenished even during the quarantine.