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Periods and humanitarian disasters 

Women who have lost everything as a result of humanitarian crises tell us that amongst the essential items they need most are sanitary towels, wipes and soap. Without sanitary towels, women and girls are forced to use improvised methods to manage their periods, including torn pieces of clothing and rags, which can cause painful infections. 

In humanitarian emergencies, ActionAid provides hygiene kits which can include soap, sanitary towels and clean underwear, helping women and girls manage their periods with dignity. 

Sanitary towels changing lives in Malawi

In Malawi, ActionAid is training mums in communities to make reusable, low-cost sanitary towels for the poorest girls. These simple sanitary pads are changing lives.

Before, girls who couldn’t afford sanitary pads felt unable to go to school because they were teased by boys if their clothes became stained. Now, not only are girls able to stay in school, but their mums are also building long-term businesses by selling their extra products at the market. This provides the mums with opportunities to earn an income and support their families. 

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Page updated 21 May 2019