In many developing countries, girls and women do not have access to feminine hygiene products. In turn, millions of them miss up to 50 days of school or work per year! It’s been well-established that women who are able to work outside the home have better health, reduced rates of maternal mortality, and are able to invest more into their families (for every dollar a woman earns, she invests 80 cents in her family). Moreover, girls who obtain at least a primary education are 10 times less likely to develop debilitating maternal complications such as obstetric fistula.
In Nepal, GIRHL has teamed up with Hamro Chahana Nepal and the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support to provide sustainable solutions for addressing the vital unmet need for feminine hygiene products. We are developing innovative solutions for local women to produce and sell affordable sanitary pads using locally available raw materials.
Check out our Women’s Health Initiative in Nepal project page for more information.