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: Sanitation Sustainability Indicators - by: SKATAOL September 30, 2014Dear Muchie I want to support Arno's view on having a more holistic look if you want to assess the sustainability of a sanitation system such as VIP. The Technology Applicability Framework (TAF) provides you with a tested tool which includes not only technical but also the "other" sustainability related indicators, including those relevant for […]
- Re: WASHplus Weekly: Focus on Sanitation as a Business - by: ben September 30, 2014Dear JK, I'm with you and really don't want to alienate them, but we're still on a Sustainable sanitation Forum. We should be able to discuss here without manichaeism if Unilever having monopoles on soap all over the world is actually sustainable for the populations. Is it on the long term helping the cause ? Which is the ultimate goal of sani […]
- Re: WASHplus Weekly: Focus on Sanitation as a Business - by: JKMakowka September 30, 2014I think an important point is that these multinationals are so huge in their operations that one part can do a lot of good while the other is very damaging the same time. Yes part of that is "green-washing", but by far not all of it. They deserve criticism for much of that they do, but it does little good to alienate them completely, i.e. lets try […]
- Re: Water Safety and Secuirty Planning - by: JKMakowka September 30, 2014This might not be quite the right forum to ask for this. Have you looked at the rich documentation on WHO Water Safety Plans though? This topic might also be helpful: forum.susana.org/forum/categories/64-wg-...-groundwater-quality
- Re: Wastewater reuse scheme in Braunschweig, Germany - is this an ecosan system? Is it good/sustainable? - by: F H Mughal September 30, 2014Re-structuring and re-naming is a good idea. But, first, you must, by way of an introduction, give what areas you intend to cover within the umbrella of "Sanitation." For example, when it comes to me, I would suggest names like hygiene, wastewater reuse (if it is not there), sanitation as a business, innovations in sanitation, governance in sanitat […]
- Re: Sanitation Sustainability Indicators - by: SKATAOL September 30, 2014
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