Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia.

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Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia.

Community women and school going girls using cow dung has sanitary pads, due to high sanitary costs, pieces of cloths, cow dung, blankets, etc are used to absorb the flow of their monthly menstruation. Traditionally, the issue of menstruation is a private matter that is not discussed openly.

Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) under its project called the Maboshe Sanitary Towel Initiative (MSTI) program is working to make a difference in a community woman and school going girl child’s life by providing Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) services such as MHM training, distribution of sanitary pads and lobbying for support to equip girls in schools and chilombola on how to make reusable pads to aid girl pupils as poor menstrual hygiene may cause stigma and ill health leading to school absenteeism and increased school drop-out rates.

For girls in school a quality high-school education can transform a girl's future, yet around the district many adolescent girls miss school or even drop out altogether for one simple reason menstruation: - Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia link - maboshememorialmmc.blogspot.com/2019/02/...estern.html?spref=tw

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Re: Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia.

Dear Maboshe,

Thank your for sharing the video with us. I understand that the video features a female trainer who promotes the use of powered cowdung as an absorbent material inside cloth pads. It would be interesting to know:
- What is the feed back of girls on this product? Do they like it and does it enable them to attend school?
- Is this kind of pad considered to be healthy?

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Re: Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia.

Dear Cécile

Thank you, the video feature a female trainer who promotes the use of powered cow dung in absentees of sanitary pads as an absorbent material inside cloth pads.

- The feed back of girls on this product from the girls talked to, is that school menstruating girls in primary schools say that they use cow dung because they cannot afford to buy proper sanitary pad. For a girl to keep clean and prevent any leakages they may need more than one sanitary towel and those with a heavy flow may need up to 4 of them a day is very costly and can lead to the spending of more than US$20 (K200) per month and this is relatively expensive to people who are living in rural areas.

- It’s quite unfortunate that in rural areas of Mongu district in Zambia and in the 21st Century there are girls who cannot be able to gain access to sanitary pads. Some of the girls talked to said it’s a good traditional pad that acts as a sponge and absorbs the blood when it passes through the cloth for them not to miss 3 to 4 days of primary schools per month, which translates to a loss of 36 to 48 school days per year, not experiencing isolation and rejection from their fellow pupils who regard them as „contaminated‟, „dirty‟ and „impure‟, This means per term a girl pupil may miss up more days of study, lack of cheaper reusable sanitary pads in rural communities is one of the issues of absenteeism for school menstruating girls during their menstrual cycle, which force them to stay home, fall behind in school and eventually drop out of school, and this is a hug problem. School menstruating girls are also faced with high cost of the sanitary pads and poor menstrual hygiene knowledge and sanitation facilities including inadequate water for washing, lack of soap, no privacy and non-functioning or insufficient toilets and inability to buy healthy sanitary pads.

- According to the findings done by the Maboshe Memorial Centre (MMC) from Doctors in obstetrics and gynecology, say girls and women suffer from gynecological diseases due to the improper use of sanitary products. World Health Organization (WHO) claims that 63% of gynecological diseases are caused by using poor quality sanitary products as girls and women are vulnerable to infection during this delicate period and weakened immunity can lead to more serious health threats. Since reusable sanitary pads are high cost for them to buy they feel cow dung is the only answer because its traditional, local, cheaper to make and it has been used by they parents “foremothers” way back before the introduction of the pads that are in the shops or markets today with no health cases reported to health centre concerning cow dung so far.

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Re: Video on Cow dung used has sanitary pads in Mongu district, Western Province of Zambia.

I'm curious to see the rest of the demonstration with the folded blanket.
I saw this the the other day:
becomingkindred.com/2013/11/10/20131110l...kf5uvm9xktjbttx9fyk/
It's good that the cloths can be opened out to dry, bad that they require close- fitting (machine-knit) knickers.
Also this:
abundanceonadime.blogspot.com/2011/01/ho...ual-pads-in.html?m=1
The above maker suggests holding in place with safety pins. I believe that's what menstruators did in England in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Maybe a pin-free solution can be created like the nifty belt shown in the video?
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