The primary goal of the project is help keep girls in school or get them back to school by providing sustainable sanitary pads that will enable girls to participate in school during their menstrual periods.
It has long been known that girls arriving at an age where they start menstruating show a sharp rise in school dropout. Apart from the dropout rates, many girls stay at home when having their periods. A lot of this is attributed to the lack of appropriate sanitary facilities at many schools. But the lack of proper means to manage periods is also responsible for this. Sanitary pads as available in Malawi are far out of reach of the poorest part of the population, and even hard to provide for the less poor.
It is therefore assumed that the distribution of sustainable sanitary pads (the ones that can be washed and re-used) can make a substantial contribution to the various efforts to keep girls in school.
Participants: Adolescent girls