Re­us­able pads for ru­ral ar­eas

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - ANALYSIS - Natasha Kokai

WOMEN in ru­ral ar­eas will be trained in mak­ing low-cost re­us­able san­i­tary pads in an ini­tia­tive aimed at en­sur­ing uni­ver­sal hy­giene.

The pro­gramme is spear­headed by five Zim­bab­wean women who were re­cently awarded grants by the State De­part­ment of United States af­ter an ex­change pro­gramme in Cal­i­for­nia.

The women pre­sented the re­us­able san­i­tary pad project dur­ing the ex­change pro­gramme that drew par­tic­i­pa­tion from 21 coun­tries.

Zim­babwe was rep­re­sented by Edith Mugehu, Pru­dence Katebu, San­dra Chipuka, Nothando Ndlovu and Nat­sai Mutezo.

In an in­ter­view with The Sun­day Mail, Mrs Mugehu said: “We want to en­gage the Min­istry of Pri­mary and Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion so that the con­cept of mak­ing the re­us­able san­i­tary pad is in­cluded in the new cur­ricu­lum un­der the Fash­ion and Fab­rics sub­ject.

“A pack of non-re­us­able pads costs about $3 which is out of reach for the av­er­age ru­ral fam­ily. There­fore, we want to teach women and girls to make the pads for them­selves. We have a pro­to­type which we made in the USA.”

Many school girls, es­pe­cially in ru­ral ar­eas, miss school be­cause they can­not af­ford pads dur­ing men­su­ra­tion.

Last week, Gov­ern­ment pro­posed scrap­ing duty on san­i­tary wear as part of the 2019 Na­tional Bud­get pro­pos­als.

Re­us­able san­i­tary pads

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