Tackling the taboo of menstruation

Globally, approximately 52 per cent of the female population (26 per cent of the total population) is of reproductive age. However, in most parts of the world, the natural process of menstruation remains taboo and is rarely talked about.

Menstruation is a natural process; however, if not properly managed it can result in a number of health problems. Reports have suggested links between poor menstrual hygiene and urinary or reproductive tract infections and other illnesses.

Ganga conservation efforts inspire thousands

Thousands of people from across India have engaged in interactive street plays, film screenings and public exhibitions as part of a WWF-led campaign designed to raise awareness of environmental threats to the river Ganga during Kumbh celebrations – one of the largest religious gatherings in the world. Widely considered to be amongst the greatest Indian pilgrimages, Kumbh began on 14 January 2013 and, over 55 days, attracted 100 million people to bathe in the iconic Ganges in Sangam, Allahabad.

Finally all the HSBC Group together in India

Miguel Angel Laporta-de Caso, HSBC Mexico Monday 11 March, 2013 Finally after long trips form Australia, Qatar, UK, Canada and Mexico, we all got together in Lucknow India, where we received a very warm welcome from our WaterAid colleagues. Within the next days, we will visit different site projects in order to get to know the beneficiaries of WaterAid’s work under the HSBC Water Programme. I would like to share with you some facts to help you understand the situation in India: • India has a population of 1.2 billion.

The difficulties of seeing the ‘quick fix’

HSBC Water Programme in India by Philip Tapsall, Manager, Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Australia  12 March 2013

In this instalment I share my experience visiting a village of 450 people, 20 km out of Lucknow

No toilet? Build one.

No water?  Sink a bore and hook up a pump.

Dirty drinking water?  Stick in a filter.

Job done right?

Unfortunately not.

Why investing in clean water makes sense

HSBC Water Programme in India – Philip Tapsall, Corporate Sustainability, HSBC Australia – 11 March 2013 Ever had a bit of a tummy wobble? Something that didn’t go down quite right? Bali belly? I don’t know about you but it takes me a little while to bounce back. And I certainly don’t enjoy it at the time. What’s your cure? Flat lemonade and cups of tea? A day or two of boring food and then back at it, holding on to your stomach and the thought that eventually it will pass? Imagine for a moment that it was a glass of water that knocked you flat.

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