Disposable sanitary pads is out of reach for many young girls.
Girls from humble backgrounds worldwide, with many of them dropping out of school because of fear of embarrassment at school during menstruation as they cannot afford sanitary pads.
A research done by a former postdoctoral fellow in Africa has shown that it is common for girls to engage in transactional sex or seek out a boyfriend to help pay for pads or other items like school fees. If a girl becomes pregnant, it is likely she will drop out of school for ever.
Overall, for every 10 pupils who join Primary One, only about three make it to Primary Seven. Of the three in Primary Seven, most of the time, it is just about one girl.
Because of the high poverty rates in some of the villages, the parents could not afford the cost of pads” As such “It was common for girls to absent themselves from school every time they were in their periods.
Rather than risk the embarrassment of soiling their dresses in the eyes of her peers or the discomfort of sitting in class all day with a newspaper tacked in between their legs, many girls would choose to stay home.
“This absenteeism would lead to a decline in performance. Eventually many would drop out of school and getting married at an early age. Because they are unable to afford proper sanitary pads, many girls resort to other materials like old clothing, toilet paper and banana fibre to absorb the menstrual flow witch lead to infection and they are unable to get treated on account of their poor financial condition.
Due to the benevolent cause and its contribution to the above causes many East African Community members have exempted these pad from custom duty & other taxes & others are likely to follow.