Maureen Oduor – Green Sanipad Initiatives: The “Salama” Safer Pads Project
This reusable sanitary pads project, Green Sanipad Initiatives (GSI): The “Salama” Safer Pads Project, is designed to offer short and long term menstrual hygiene management to marginalized and financially depressed rural women and girls. The pads can be reused for 8 months to 3 years. The ultimate goal of this work is to promote learning about menstruation in the school for girls aged 10-19 years in the Muheza District, Tanzania (approximately 12,600 girls).
Ms. Maureen Oduor, is a development specialist, leader, family planning champion, GSI innovator and adolescent sexual reproductive health & right program manager with the Services Health & Development For People Living Positively with HIV/AIDS. Ms. Oduor developed the idea to improve school retention and academic performance for rural girls through menstrual hygiene management who may otherwise possibly drop out of school, trade sex for pads and risk unintended pregnancies and unsafe abortions. Currently, many girls are using unhygienic materials as pads and may be exposing themselves to infection. These learning opportunities will help girls make more informed choices in matters that affect their lives and well being.