A team of IIT Delhi students has developed an innovative device that allows women to ‘stand and pee’, especially suitable for dirty public washrooms which are notorious for spreading urinary tract infection (UTI) and other genital health problems.
Talking to Efforts For Good, maker Harry Sehrawat informs, “The device will help women to stand while urinating and thus avoid the risk of contracting UTI.” Priced at just Rs 10, this device is inexpensive and easily available. As per the reviews by initial users, the water-resistant device is very convenient, as it can be used with one hand. “We have made it use-and-throw to safeguard sanitary hygiene, but it is completely biodegradable,” shares Harry.
71% of public toilets are dirty beyond use
‘Sanfe’ (Sanitation for female) device will allow women to ‘stand and pee’ and maintain a safe distance from the germ-laden toilet surface in most public restrooms.
Two years ago, ‘Sanfe’ founders Harry Sehrawat and Archit Agarwal had gone on a trekking expedition during their first year at IIT-Delhi. “One of our female friends contracted severe UTI after using one dirty toilet on the way. That was when all of us realised how badly we need to ensure sanitary safety for women. Our survey revealed that 71% of the public washrooms in India are terribly unclean. In fact, one out of every two women using public toilets stands the chance of getting affected by UTI. So we started brainstorming for an innovative way to deal with this menace,” he shares, adding that they were assisted by their professor Dr Srinivasan Venkataraman.
Why ‘Sanfe’ can be the solution
Dirty toilets pose a higher risk for pregnant women as UTI during pregnancy can adversely affect the health of the unborn child, often leading to many reproductive complications. Harry tells, “We collaborated with AIIMS Delhi and distributed the product among pregnant ladies there. All of them gave positive feedback after using it.”
Differently-abled women and senior ladies with Arthritis, waist pain or other orthopaedic problems who find it difficult to sit on the toilet will also find the device helpful. The material is medical-grade and results in no discomfort or skin problem after usage. ‘Sanfe’ can also be used comfortably during periods.
Free samples to be distributed pan India
‘Sanfe’ was officially launched on World Toilet Day (19th November) through the campaign #StandUpForYourself. The duo plans to distribute one lakh ‘Sanfe’ devices for free to women all over India.
As of now, students from IIT Delhi can now find ‘Sanfe’ in dispenser machines in the campus. It can also be availed from e-commerce websites like Flipkart, Amazon and Apollo Pharmacy outlets across Delhi. It is mention-worthy here that the device has already won several awards and recognition for its practicality.