AFRIpads is a local social enterprise organisation and Plan partner that makes and supplies affordable and reusable sanitary pads. The pads themselves are making a big difference to the lives of girls who previously had to improvise with rags, cotton wool, toilet paper and even leaves. Based in Kitengesa Village in Masaka District, SW Uganda, the aim of AFRIpads is to curtail the high rates of menstrual-related absenteeism among primary and secondary schoolgirls in rural Africa. The pads are made by local Ugandan women giving them the opportunity to generate an income and send their children to school.
Many women and girls in Uganda cannot afford or lack the knowledge to effectively manage their periods and do not have access to proper menstrual products. This project is educating communities on menstrual hygiene, puberty and the wider topic of sexual and reproductive health and is giving women and girls access to affordable and hygienic sanitary pads.