SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being
SDG 5: Gender Equality
Market Suggested Retail Price
Target Users (Target Impact Group)
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
EcoSmart Uganda is supported by Ka0 in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund.
This product is produced in Uganda and uses locally available sugarcane fibers.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The designers have not yet selected their user provision model.
Distributions to Date Status
Absorbent base materials
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
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Designer specified performance targets include: low cost, biodegradable in nature, and comfortable in use.
Vetted Performance Status
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.
The pads shouldn’t be used more than 8-10 hours.
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
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.
Bahati, Linnete, “Uganda: Affordable eco-friendly sanitary towels made out of sugarcane“, Africa News, 2019
Compliance with regulations
The manufacturer has applied to MUST Institutional Review Board for approval to test the prototypes on girls and women for feedback on usability.