DOR is an initiative of the Rukmini Devi Shivchandram Foundation which is a charitable organisation run by father - son Duo, Mr. Bijay Kumar Agrawal and Mr. Baibhav Agarwal.
DOR acts as a catalyst to bring about a change in the lives of underprivileged women and children, women and families as a whole. The initiative aims at eradicating ignorance at the root level and spread awareness and education in both urban and rural areas. Sanitation and hygiene are one of the most alarming causes of women and children’s health degradation in India. As discussed earlier, due to poor infrastructure there is a lack of hygiene and clean drinking water and medical facilities. Diseases like malaria, dengue, diarrhoea, pneumonia, neonatal infection affect the mortality rate among children.
There are over 355 million menstruating women and girls in India, but only 12% of them use sanitary pads.
A study found that 71% of girls in India report having no knowledge of menstruation before their first period.
Globally, diarrhoea is the leading cause of illness and death, and 88 per cent of diarrhoeal deaths are due to a lack of access to sanitation facilities, together with inadequate availability of water for hygiene and unsafe drinking water.
Today 2.5 billion people, including almost one billion children, live without even basic sanitation. Every 20 seconds, a child dies as a result of poor sanitation. That's 1.5 million preventable deaths each year.