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Comfort Ease Panty (CEP17)

DRAC aims to introduce the comfort ease panty to help in urinary management of women/girls with disabilities in Nigerian IDP camps

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What specific problem(s) are you trying to address?

In Nigeria, there are approximately 28 million persons with disabilities and 60% are women and girls with disabilities and at least half of them are those with physical disabilities. Many of them live in colonies and / or camps for internally displaced persons with little or no basic amenities and poor or no access to SRH services and commodities further exacerbated by the presence of their disabilities. Being able to effectively manage their bladder has been identified as one of their biggest challenges due to inaccessible toilets and unhygienic conditions. They are forced to hold urine in their bladder for extended periods while waiting for caregivers whom they are dependent on to help them access toilets leaving them vulnerable to abuse

What are some of your unanswered questions about the problem(s) you are working to address?

1) The material to be used for the pant is still unclear 2) We are also unsure as to whether the product should be detachable or not

Explain Your Idea

The idea involves attaching a funnel and pipe-like device made of soft but strong pliable rubber that will be attached to the crotch area of a woman's panties and leads to a receptacle to be carried in the woman's handbag. With this she can pass urine at her convenience and dispose it at her own convenience. women with mobility impairments were engaged in the process of developing this idea. they shared practical experiences of how this challenge affects their day to day lives and expressed excrement at the thought of having a device that allows them to pee unobtrusively wherever they find themselves

Name the three most important ways that your idea will address your identified problem(s).

1) Improved ability of women in wheelchairs to control of their bladder emptying at their own discretion 2) Reduced dependence on caregivers by women with mobility impairments 3) temporarily solves the problem of inaccessible toilets

How is your idea unique?

It is cost effective and the fact the urine is expelled also makes it more preferable than an adult diaper. With diapers there are chances of an individual's skin reacting to ammonia but with this device it eliminates such

What are some outstanding concerns or questions that you have regarding your idea?

The best and most efficient materials to use

Who are your end users?

Women with physical disabilities who have some form of mobility impairments are the targetetd end users. A woman in a wheelchair who has no use of her legs yet has to be in the public all the time without accessible toilets at her disposal. we hope to reach at least 500,000 of these women initially and with plans to scale up

Where will your idea be implemented?

  • Nigeria

What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?

  • Prolonged displacement

Tell us more about the emergency setting that you intend to implement in

Nigeria is a country with very poor infrastructural development, also, despite being a signatory to the UNCRPD, there is no legal framework for the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities. Therefore public buildings and faculties do not take into consideration wheelchair access leaving those with mobility impairments with challenges of going to the bathroom when needed

What is your organization's name?


Tell us more about you.

Disability Rights Advocacy Center (DRAC) is a non-profit that works to promote the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), facilitate their inclusion in the Development Agenda and increase awareness about the situation of women with disabilities in Nigeria. A pioneer in the field of Disability Inclusive Development (DID) programming, we use an array of creative and innovative tools and methods to engage with duty bearers and raise public awareness on disability issues, with the primary aim of ensuring inclusion and access at all levels for persons with disabilities. We also use the concept of human centered design to develop innovative solutions to the challenges facing persons with disabilities in communities where we work

Organizational Characteristics

  • Women-led organization
  • Disabled Persons Organization (DPO)

What is the current scale of your proposed innovation?

  • Still in planning phase and does not exist yet

Experience in Implementation Country(ies)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Expertise in Sector

  • Yes, for more than a year.

Organization Location


What is your organizational status?

  • Registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.

What is the maturity of your innovation?

  • Early Stage Innovation: exploring my innovation, refining, researching, and gathering inspiration.


Website: Facebook: @DRACNigeria

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