PATH’s solution is to develop and advance low-cost menstrual management options for girls and women in low-resource settings. Our finding from focus group discussions and literature reviews indicate that girls and women are
interested in disposable products that offer better absorbency and have a cheaper price tag than available options. There are also reusable options (cloth pads and menstrual cups) that can last for several years. These approaches require a higher up-front cost, access to clean water and soap, and thorough drying—resources that are not always available in poor communities. We are currently exploring a hybrid concept (i.e., a combination of a reusable, fluidresistant sleeve with a disposable, absorbent core) to address the growing challenge of disposing of plastic-lined pads and to reduce the cost. This hybrid option could also offer girls and women the flexibility of using a variety of
absorbent materials that are available to them.
- Re: Bringing Sanitation Innovations to Market (B-SIM) (WSUP, UK and Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Bangladesh) - by: denniskl November 29, 2014Tyler I think this project is approaching the challenges of city wide sanitation solutions in completely the right way (as it is for any other sector) Entering the field with no pre-preconceived ideas except to rigorously investigate the best solutions from technical, operational, financial, sustainable AND acceptability to all stakeholders is the only way t […]
- Re: Let's discuss cash transfer and sanitation - by: madeleine November 28, 2014Hi there Jonathan Yes cash transfer is certainly big in the emergency sector but it also growing rapidly in the development context-You will find different schemes in mid- as well as low-income countries. Cash transfers and social security system is also prioritized within the proposed SDGs here it as target #3 under the 1 goal which is very important and hi […]
- Re: Let's discuss cash transfer and sanitation - by: jonpar November 28, 2014This is interesting to me because cash transfer is new topic since I started work for Oxfam and I have encountered it in the context of emergency response.. please see www.cashlearning.org/resources/library I've not come across it referred to in the non-emergency situation as is being discussed here. What also interests me here, and what has struck me r […]
- The 2014 Sandec News has been published! - by: donahupa November 28, 2014The 2014 Sandec News has been published and contains articles about some of the main research areas at Sandec.
- Re: Bringing Sanitation Innovations to Market (B-SIM) (WSUP, UK and Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Bangladesh) - by: tgoodwin November 28, 2014Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for all of the great links to related work. I’ve answered your follow-up questions in-line below. One thing I don't fully understand: what will be at the core of your business in terms of "toilet technology" or would you say this is secondary to everything else? You mentioned a few times the sanitation technologies emergin […]
- Re: Bringing Sanitation Innovations to Market (B-SIM) (WSUP, UK and Ghana, Zambia, Kenya, Bangladesh) - by: denniskl November 29, 2014
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