via UK nurse makes sanitary pads for Zim 20/09/2014
A UK-BASED woman is making washable sanitary pads for Zimbabwean villagers out of towels, sheets and shower curtains.
Tessa Simba, a nurse originally from Zimbabwe, said the pads are not widely available in Zimbabwe and girls with nothing to use during menstruation miss school.
“The children are using leaves, they’re using cow dung, they are also using maize meal powder. All those things are so unhygienic and very uncomfortable.”
In urban areas they use newspapers and tissue paper if they can get it, she said.
Volunteers at the Furness Multicultural Community Forum and St Mark’s Church are making a test batch of pads.