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Dirty Public Toilets? This IIT Delhi Team’s Device ‘Sanfe’ Is A Boon For Women At Just Rs 10

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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.

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Harry demonstrating the device at the launch event

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. 

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The device has already got lots of positive feedback from women

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.”

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How the device works

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.

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One lakh Indian women will get free samples of ‘Sanfe’

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. 


Also Read: Toilets That Make Gardens From Humanure: An Eco-Friendly Future Can Come From Your Toilet

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
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  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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