Millions of women and girls don't have access to safe menstrual products worldwide. Along with the significant health and livelihood impacts, one in 10 schoolgirls in Africa misses school or drops out altogether because of her period.
The re-Pad is a recycled and reusable menstrual pad, constructed locally from commonly available materials. An important part of the re-Pad project is engaging the community, and particularly fathers, to construct the pads alongside their daughters. The result is increased awareness and community buy in, as well as strengthened families on an individual level. The rePad project will publish the designs and construction manual for free, and provide support materials, workshops and implementation services for re-Pad projects throughout the world.
The re-Pad project is an open source project. The re-Pad "Construction & Care Guide" and "Community Project Guide" will be provided here free of charge.
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