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: Developing urine diversion systems in a developed world context - by: KaiMikkel October 24, 2014OK, while it at least in part meets the goals of ecosan, it bears pointing out that much of Ostara's technology is inherently unsustainable. For example: 1) Ostara has at least once availed itself of magnesium chloride sourced from a supplier in China (the procurement of which undoubtedly involved the use of fossil-fuel powered ships) [this could be mit […]
- Re: Play with Faecal Sludge Trucks! - by: muench October 24, 2014Hi Florian and all faecal sludge experts, I was just wondering what should be the term we should be pushing for when talking about these vehicles? I am asking because I want to do a bit of a clean up operation on Wikipedia. You called it a "faecal sludge truck" in your card game. Did that come about after long deliberations? I would be inclined to […]
- Here is a way to promote handwashing - by: lvolat October 24, 2014Found this image and thought it might inspire some for handwashing promotion...
- Re: Developing urine diversion systems in a developed world context - by: KaiMikkel October 24, 2014Is it just me or has this thread moved well away from the initiating poster's intent of implementing decentralized, low-tech, low-energy, low-cost sustainable sanitation solutions (using a source separation model) in the Minority World into one in which we're discussing centralized capital and energy intensive "solutions" instead? The […]
- Survey on Inclusive WASH in schools in low income countries - by: darao October 24, 2014Dear inclusive WASH in school colleagues, I am a student studying at Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC) of Loughborough University, and am currently working on a research study on inclusive WASH in schools with focus to understand current best practice and lessons learned. I am writing to you who have experience in managing WASH in school with […]
- Re: Developing urine diversion systems in a developed world context - by: KaiMikkel October 24, 2014
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