AFRIpads Menstrual Kit
The AFRIpads Menstrual Kit is a set of 4 reusable sanitary pads, plus 1 storage bag.
Africa, but more specifically, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi
School age young women, as well as all females.
Trademarked. Afripads was given permission to copy Lunapad’s Trademark.
These products are distributed by NGOs and international relief agencies around the world, as well as by direct consumer purchases in Uganda.
over 1.5 million AFRIpads Menstrual Kits sold and counting.
AFRIpads are made of fleece.
The kits include
— 3 maxi-pads, which have 20 ml absorption, 6-8 hours of use, and 2 hours drying time.
— 1 Super maxi-pad, which has 30 ml absorption, 8-10 hours of use, and 2 hours drying time
— 1 washable storage bag
The pads are unscented and button into a pair of underwear.
Afripads uses the Lunapads design. The design has two parts: a pad base with wings that fastens around the underwear and a removable insert made from absorbent fleece. The Pad Base is designed to be leak-resistant. Lunapads recommends that users keep the Pad Base in place all day and then change out the insert as needed.
Users cannot use bleach to clean the pads and should instead use cold water. Hot water should not be used. The pads should not be ironed as this will harm the layers inside the pad, which affects the absorbency.
For an optimal user experience, it is important to properly use and take care of the pads. The first step is to wash the pads before first use. This will increase the absorbency of the pads. After that, it is just a matter of wear, soak, wash and dry. Care instructions can be found here.
Removable inserts are available for purchased from the Lunapads website.
AFRIpads’ mission is to empower women and girls through business, innovation and opportunity
Based on the double XConomy study, girls said the cloth pads they had been given were more reliable than customary methods, AFRIpad had sturdier design than Mwezi Pad, and there is a potential health and safety risk from poor hygiene resulting from lack of access to soap and clean water.
All Lunapads product testing is done in-house at Lunapads.Interview with representative
Menstrual blood is contaminated and wearing a damp pad for long is unhygienic and can lead to diseases such as skin rashes, urinary tract infection and vaginal infection. It is considered good hygiene to change a pad every 3-4 hours, but one may want to change her pad more or less frequently dependent on flow.
The pads should not be ironed as this will harm the layers inside the pad, which affects the absorbency.
soap, water, underwear
Scott, L., Montgomery, P. Sanitary Pad Acceptability and Sustainability Study., University of Oxford, October 2013.
Hennegan, J. Measuring the prevalence and impact of poor menstrual hygiene management: a quantitative survey of schoolgirls in rural Uganda. BMJ Journals, Published online 30 December 2016.
Southwell, S.R.H. Disposable panty for menstrual wear patent
Tokuda, K. Prosocial Cost-benefit Analysis and Hybrid Organization’s Social Impacts on The Extreme Poor: A Case Study of Lunapads, a B Corporation.. International Proceedings of Economics Development and Research; Singapore 85: 26-33. Singapore: IACSIT Press. (2015)
Millington, K.A. Improving access to menstrual hygiene products., 2015.
Crofts, T., Fisher, J. Menstrual hygiene in Ugandan schools: an investigation of low-cost sanitary pads. Journal of Water Sanitation and Hygiene for Development, March 2012, 2 (1) 50-58.
AFRIpads uses Lunapad’s design, which is FDA compliant
Double XConomy’s study used these methods:
402 secondary school girls participated. All received MakaPads and were instructed to use the Mak1 Incinerator to dispose of pads. In addition to MakaPads, 1/3 received AFRIpads; 1/3 received MakaPads; 1/3 received a package of 6 KMET Pads.
Surveys on demographics, knowledge of menstruation, and past practices were conducted. At the end of the trial, the girls were interviewed on their experiences. Focus groups and a survey about wealth and spending money were conducted with girls and boys.
Study results can be found in the link above.
According to Lunapads, customers are often recruited to test products and give feedback, which is used as the guide for product use. Different products may be developed with different goals in mind, which requires sourcing and testing of different materials/fabrics to make sure they perform to standards.interview with representative
The user may obtain Lunapads directly from the Lunapads website and shipped worldwide, although Lunapads donates washable pads to organizations serving low-income individuals, and the One4Her program donations will be managed by AFRIpads and distributed according to regions and schools in Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya, and Tanzania where they assess the greatest need.
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