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SafepadTM - greening the red

SafepadTM - an antimicrobial treated pad offering a safe, hygienic and greener solution to girls in need.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

Until recently, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has been a forgotten global health challenge but has in recent years moved up high on the agenda in the international community. This is partly due to the connection between poor menstrual hygiene and related problems that have been better explained. These are the main problems:
• Vaginal infections, which without a good health system can cause infertility and other serious health problems.
• Poor education for women towards menstruation hygiene management - studies point to girls without the opportunity of managing their menstruation simply stays away from school when they are menstruating.
• Prostitution – young girls often offer themselves for money, so they can afford pads.
• Increased inequality between men and women, partly because of the poor education, unwanted pregnancies, taboos, and stigmatization.
Safepad ™ is a reusable sanitary pad that addresses most of the problems stated above. Safepad ™ is administered with an antimicrobial treatment that causes the product to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi during use and that it sterilizes itself after washing, even if the water is contaminated.
The idea is to test Safepad ™ in a variety of contexts to provide documentation of proof that the product can do what we say, establish user acceptance as well as making the product as widely available as possible glbally, through the following channels:
• The ministries of education and health where menstrual products are given out to school girls.
• NGOs who share hygiene kits with refugees and people living in slums.
• Commercial channels, supermarkets, kiosks, bathroom facilities, etc.
• Female self-help groups, where Safepad ™ is sewn by local women in the region, as these can sell them and create a sustainable business.

A positive outcome can make a full scale technology transfer of the SafepadTM technology to any interested market a reality.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Problem/Fact:
75% of all women experience vaginal infections during their lifetime. These infections cause health issues & can impact fertility.
Solution: Why Safepad can help solving the above problem.
• Safepad™ will provide a safe and infection free experience while in use.
• Safepad™ will sterilize itself during use and after wash, therefore providing protection against infections.
• Safepad™ only requires rinsing in cold water, even when using unclean water.
• Safepad™ fabric technology ensures high and immediate absorbency, non-leakage
and quick drying after wash.
• Safepad™ is made of a soft fabric material, that causes no irritation and o ers
reusability, protection and comfort.
• Safepad™ is easy to use and requires little or no training.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Early Adoption: I have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have begun to expand the pilot for early adoption.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

At Real Relief we CHALLENGE – INNOVATE – APPLY. By making innovative and affordable life improving products and services available to governments, relief agencies, NGO’s, faith-based organizations and private sector donors we are determined to making a real difference for people in real need.
At Real Relief we offer exactly what we promise. Real relief!

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

Safepad™ is our solution to improve the quality of life of girls and woman globally. It’s the first time an intelligent hygiene pad is introduced to the global market and we are committed to serving woman in need of new and better alternatives.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

#BeatPlasticPollution
Environmental impact for target group of 2.500.000 women compared to disposals

A woman use in average 8 disposals a month in 40 years equal to 3.840 disposals in a lifetime
Looking at the target group we are talking about 9.600.000.000 disposals equal 500.000.000 pounds of waste
Environmental impact for target group of 2.500.000 women compared to disposals

A woman use in average 8 disposals a month in 40 years equal to 3.840 disposals in a lifetime
Looking at the target group we are talking about 9.600.000.000 disposals equal 500.000.000 pounds of waste
A disposal takes 500 - 800 years to decompose.

Safepad™, A woman uses 4 Safepad™ sanitary pads every 4 year in 40 years equal to 40 Safepad™ sanitary pads in a lifetime
Looking at the target group we are only talking about 100.000.000 Safepad™ sanitary pads equal to 5.158.000 pounds of waste

Using Safepad™ there will be an environmental impact of only 1% compared to disposals

Geographic Focus

East Africa - India

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

12 month

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

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Great Project! Success!

Hans van Nieuwkerk