What is Period Poverty?

Period Poverty is define as inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education, including but not limited to sanitary products, washing facilities, and waste management.

Period Poverty by the numbers

  • 800 million people menstruate daily
  • Up to 500 million women and girls are living each month in period poverty 
  • 1 in 10 young women around the world are unable to afford protection for their periods. 
  • 12% of young women are force to improvise with solutions that are unhygienic, ineffective, and unsafe. 
  • 26% of the global population is at a reproductive age
  • Globally, 2.3 billion people lack basic sanitation services and in least developed countries only 27% of the population has a hand washing facility with water and soap home. Managing periods at home is a major challenge for women and adolescent girls who lack these basic facilities at home. 
  • About half the schools in low-income countries lack adequate drinking water, sanitation and hygiene crucial for girls and female teachers to manage their periods. 
  • Inadequate facilities can affect girl’s experience at school, causing them to miss school during their period. 

What B4L is Doing

  • WE AIM TO PROVIDE 400 YOUNG LADIES WITH 1 PACK OF SANITARY NAPKINS (24-25) IN EACH PACK PER MONTH!
  • EACH YOUNG LADY WILL RECEIVE SOME PADS FOR NIGHT TIME AND SOME FOR DAYTIME.
  • 15 DAY TIME PADS (THEY CAN CHANGE THEIR PADS AT 3 TIMES IN A DAY
  • 10 NIGHT TIME PADS (2 CHANGES AT LEAST DURING THE NIGHT)
  • WE WILL EDUCATE THE YOUNG LADIES ON PROPER USE OF THE PAD, SELECTING THE PROPER SIZE, AND PROPER WAYS OF DISCARDING THEIR PADS.

How to Choose the Right Size

  • The first time you get your period, you might want to try a regular sized napkin (also known as a pad) or tampon.
  • If the regular size seems to be filling up too quickly, then try a longer size pad.
  • If after a few hours it looks like there’s not much blood there, then you can switch to a regular pad or a lesser absorbency tampon.