Patsaka Correspondent (Chief)

At a sensitization meeting held for stakeholders by Tony Wait Organization at their office, it was reviewed that economic vulnerability has impacted negatively on women’s maternal health resulting in some women using unsafe methods like cow dung during menstrual cycle. This traditional method and others expose them to risk of cancer as they can not afford to buy sanitary wear.

Speaking at the sensitization meeting the director of Tony Wait, Ms Ellen Vhengere noted that women from all walks of life have been knocking their door requesting for support to start income generating projects and most of them are living with HIV and AIDS. The organization also carried a survey in schools and youth clubs which shockingly reviewed that girls are not spared by economic vulnerability challenge as they resort to the use of pieces of paper or tissue with some missing school because of sanitary wear.

Tony Waite intends to address this challenge of maternal health by coming up with a reusable sanitary pads project which will be launched soon in wards and its expected to have a double impact of income generation and life- hand skills transfer as girls and women will be sewing the pads and selling. The pads will be made in such a way that they can be washed with clean water without much difficult to remove stains.

An appeal was then made by stakeholders present for the Kariba community to support such an innovation by one of local community based organization. The project is expected to have commenced by November this year.

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Story by Anwell Bepe

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