Sanitary Health For All: SHEFA
What is Sanitart Health For All (SHEFA) Program?
The Sanitary Health for all! program is corporate social responsibilty by Kwoozapads Ltd. to improve sanitary health of young disadvantaged girls and women in the community.
The Sanitary Health for all! program enables young girls/women sustain a consistent, clean and healthy state when active in society by using reusable Pads (Kwoozapads) made from selected cheap cotton cloth, a widespread material on Uganda’s market.
Adolescent girls and women in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda using this innovative product are able to comfortably go about their lives and carry out all the activities required of them during their menstrual periods. This makes them feel comfortable and dry at all times as well as project a high self-esteem in society.
How did SHEFA begin?
SHEFA began in September 2013 as a pioneer project for Kwoozapads Limited in Kampala in bid to make lives better for girls and women in impoverished areas of Uganda. After successful results, the directors have decided to expand the project countrywide
Is there Need for SHEFA?
Adolescent girls and women in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda between the ages of 13 to 49 do not have access to disposable pads existing on Uganda’s market. This has exposed them to poor hygiene and made carrying out daily activities difficult. Most of these young girls/women withdraw from society for a few days or permanently during their periods for fear of being embarrassed as a result of being unable to contain their natural menstruation cycle or because of using the wrong methods/materials for padding themselves.
If young girls/women in such communities are not enlightened and facilitated. With cheap methods/materials to prevent, retain and dry up unnecessary menstrual flow when involved in day to day activities, their consistent participation in society may not be sustained, thus leading to low productive output among women in rural communities of Uganda and yet these contribute greatly to Uganda’s growth.
SHEFA PROGRAM: Goals and Objectives
1. Design and make state of the art reusable and sustainable pads from cheap cotton cloth on Uganda’s market for every adolescent girl and woman in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda.
2. Provide reusable cotton cloth pads to every adolescent girl and women in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda by 2018.
3. Train adolescent girls and women in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda how to use and maintain reusable cotton cloth pad designs by 2018.
Benefits of the SHEFA program
Adolescent girls and young women are able to have a consistent and comfortable time doing various activities just like their counterparts who can afford and use disposable pads but with an added advantage of preserving the environment.
In addition to its eco-friendly qualities, such pads include the ability to last well over two (2) years with recommended use and care, as opposed to 4 or 6 hours in the case of disposable products. The cost of washable cloth pads is significantly less than disposables – you can save hundreds, if not thousands of dollars over time, and they are comfortable because of the fact that they are made with 100% organic cotton, soft, natural and breathable materials that are more akin to clothing, opening up to a whole new cheap and affordable way of living for young adolescent girls and women in seriously impoverished, hard to reach, and disaster affected communities of Uganda.
The first dummy testing process is launched at Namugongo Girls Vocational institute. .
Iam greatful for giving us Kwoozapads. i have been finding it hard to get money to buy pads every month.Nakimuli Angellah