ECOSMART UGANDA LIMITED
EcoSmart Pads are biodegradable menstrual pads made from local sugarcane fiber.
A 12 piece packet will cost UGX 1600 (0.42 USD).Converted in May 2020
Primary competitor in Uganda are AFRIpads.
Women aged 15-49 in low resource environments in Uganda.
This product is produced in Uganda and uses locally available sugarcane fibers.
The designers have not yet selected their user provision model.
The product is made from sugarcane residue. The residue is boiled in water to remove the sugar content and to soften it. Then, the solution is sieved to isolate the fibers, which are then dried and processed into the pads.
Provided by the manufacturer
Designer specified performance targets include: low cost, biodegradable in nature, and comfortable in use.
The prototype has been lab-tested for absorbance at the Micro-Biology lab at Mbrara University of Science and Technology. The manufacturer has applied to MUST Institutional Review Board for approval to test the prototypes on girls and women for feedback on usability. No third party testing has been completed.
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer.
The pads shouldn’t be used more than 8-10 hours.
Study on menstrual management in Uganda., Aug. 2013.
J. Hennegan, C. Dolan, M. Wu, L. Scott, and P. Montgomery, Schoolgirls’ experience and appraisal of menstrual absorbents in rural Uganda: a cross-sectional evaluation of reusable sanitary pads. Reprod. Health, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 1–12, Dec. 2016, doi: 10.1186/s12978-016-0260-7.
G. Miiro et al., Menstrual health and school absenteeism among adolescent girls in Uganda (MENISCUS): A feasibility study. BMC Womens. Health, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 1–13, Jan. 2018, doi: 10.1186/s12905-017-0502-z.
The manufacturer has applied to MUST Institutional Review Board for approval to test the prototypes on girls and women for feedback on usability.
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