MakaPads Sanitary Pads
Moses Musaazi, Technology for Tomorrow Ltd.
MakaPads are biodegradable sanitary pads made in Africa from papyrus reeds.
MakaPads are biodegradable sanitary pads made in Africa from papyrus reeds. They are the only trademarked biodegradable sanitary pads made in Africa.
Africa, specifically Uganda and Sierra Leone.
0.6 USD for a normal absorbency and 0.68 USD for super absorbency pack of 10 pads
Commercial menstrual pads – there are over 32 brands of sanitary pads currently sold in Uganda, traditional methods (ex. reusable cloth)
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Women, girls, housewives, working women, students, women in refugee camps
Mass produced at three MakaPad factories in Kawempe-Kampala, Soroti district and Kyaaka II refugee settlement in Mubende district in Uganda. Production, by design, is largely manual so as to offer employment. Over 70% of production cost is labor. The three factories can produce half a million pads every month.
Trademarked product. It is a subsidiary part of the registered company Technology for Tomorrow Ltd, (T4T), founded by Dr. Musaazi.
Relief agencies and humanitarian organizations (ex. UNHCR) can acquire the MakaPads directly from the manufacturer. Makapads are delivered in Kampala within 3-10 days after 100% down payment. MakaPads can be delivered in 100 packet boxes, anywhere in East Africa; extra shipping costs apply.
UNHCR buys 2,200,000 MakaPads from T4T annually since 2011. According to staff, at least 200,000 women are using MakaPads every month.
MakaPads are made from papyrus and paper waste and are chemical free. The papyrus fibers are beaten, dried and softened manually. They are assembled with a moisture barrier and mesh covering. One pad can be used for 8 to 10 hours. MakaPads can be purchased with or without an adhesive that slips into knickers with special elastics to hold the pad in place.
Provided by manufacturer
Single use product
One pad can be used for 8 to 10 hours. Available in regular and super absorbency. MakaPads are 95% biodegradable.
Performance vetted by several national, regional and international agencies including Ugandan Bureau of Standards. For a pad to meet international standards, it must have at least four minimum attributes. It must have a separate absorbent layer, be wrapped in a non-woven material, have a plastic piece to prevent accidents, and have stickers to hold it.
Makere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT), Uganda National Bureau of Standards.
Pad should not be used beyond the recommended time period of 8 to 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.
Certified by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards
MakaPads are a Second Prize Winner of the empowering people award
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