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.
What sanitation topics you are interested in?
- Re: Sanitation for the Homeless in the US - by: F H Mughal December 8, 2016Dear Carol, That is an interesting information, you shared, along with the links to the articles. I'm, still, unable to digest the heading: "71% Of SF Homeless Once Had Homes In SF." How come? SF is a nice city. Listen to the song: San Francisco by Scott Mackenzie. Just one point: Are there research papers on the topic that you can share? Kind […]
- Re: How can companies incentivise sanitation - by: sandhyat December 8, 2016Hi Everyone, Thank you for your responses. The example of the engineering firm that used two departments to address sanitation issue is a client of Samhita's and a project that we worked on with them. The engineering firm's employees (engineers) who worked on building and constructing the toilets- their work was considered as volunteering and their […]
- Re: small biogas system linked with CHP to produce electricity - by: Marijn Zandee December 8, 2016Dear Wini, To add to what Kris mentioned above. I would guess that from public latrines you could have quite reasonable biogas output, if they are used by something like 200 people per day or more. However, I would advise not to go for electrification. The amount of gas you are likely to produce will only allow to use fairly small generators (rough guess is […]
- Re: Sanitation for the Homeless in the US - by: Carol McCreary December 8, 2016Hi, It’s great to see this discussion of toilets for unhoused urban Americans. Developing one or more appropriate technologies which can prove successful will require the experience of people around the world. US cities have had networked sewers for more than a century. They are path dependent on technologies that crushingly expensive and hurt the environmen […]
- Re: small biogas system linked with CHP to produce electricity - by: JKMakowka December 8, 2016There has been some success using plugflow plastic bag digesters, coupled to small generators. There are some Chinese made ones specifically adapted for running on pure biogas, but often it is easier to use one that starts with petrol and just substitute part of the fuel with a biogas injection. However my honest recommendation is to not even try... all thes […]
- Re: Sanitation for the Homeless in the US - by: F H Mughal December 8, 2016
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