by MARCUS MUSHONGA
HARARE, (CAJ News) – AMID tough economic conditions affecting the majority, females in Zimbabwe have struggled to get sanitary products, with reports suggesting some were instead using old clothes and newspapers during their periods.
Those living in rural areas are the most vulnerable.
A new trust has been launched to ensure these vulnerable women and girls are provided with safe, affordable and sustainable sanitary products.
The launch of the Menstrual Health Specialists Trust (MHST) at the Canadian Ambassador’s residence in the capital Harare is poised to address these challenges.
Among the sanitary wear launched at the event include the Butterfly menstrual cup, which the government has approved.
The menstrual cup is a reusable silicone product designed to be worn internally.
One cup lasts for up to ten years.
Another menstrual ware, called Viva Lily period underwear, has also been launched.
The underwear is designed to look and feel like a normal undergarment.
The period pants hold up to two tampons worth of menstrual blood, they are washable and reusable for up to two years.
“The pants are the most innovative, cutting edge products in menstrual care on the market today,” said Sara Fox, the co-founder of MHST.
– CAJ News