Sanitary Pad Initiatives in Kenya

A lot of good will has gone towards the plight of the adolescent girl in Kenya. Individual and group efforts have gone towards the provision of sanitary pads to girls in the most affected areas in Kenya. However, they work in isolation and center their efforts in specific areas that are convenient to their work or limited to their funding options. Some of the sanitary pad initiatives in Kenya include:

  • One2one sanpad initiative (OSPI) - This is a flagship project of lvcthealth’s one2one Youth Programme. The one2one Youth programme is a comprehensive programme for youth, by youth and with youth programme that provides accurate information and linkage to Sexual and Reproductive health services. Through OSPI, one2one has reached girls across different counties, recently providing sanitary pads to girls in Narok and Machakos counties. OSPI aims at breaking the cycle of poverty among communities through investing in girls, talking about taboo topics in sexual and reproductive health.
  • Pad Heaven - Pad Heaven initiative aims to keep girls in school to be able to complete their education. They also help in reduction of the risk of HIV acquisition, early marriage, and teen pregnancy through keeping the girls in school. They also provide accurate and health information around reproductive health and also reducing school dropout rates.
  • Zana Africa group- This is a social enterprise that is recognized as a leading innovator in global health, development and education. Through the "Phase II Grand Challenges Exploration" grant, to further research and develop sanitary pads with wings from alternative fibers to reduce cost. They aim to break the cycle of poverty across generations by investing in girls and young women.
  • Saidia Dada Network - This network has a sanitary pad programme which targets young girls and women who cannot afford sanitary pads. They also train on how to make pads from locally available material. Their main target is usually from slum areas, rural areas and children homes. They also provide training on menstruation, sanitary pad making process and sanitary pads disposal.
  • Huru project - This project began in 2008 in the Mukuru slum area and provides reusable pads to girls of school going age. It is funded by, among others, PEPFAR, the Elton John Foundation and Johnson & Johnson. They provide kits which include five reusable pads, three pairs of panties, a water proof bag to store the pads, and soap to wash the pads. They also provide information of HIV, a manual on the usage of pads.

Some foundations that have also been critical in the provision of sanitary pads include Safaricom through its foundation, the Afri-can foundation. These foundations work to support girls in specific areas for example Afri-can works mainly in Kisumu while Safaricom is documented to support Rachuonyo in the Western Region of Kenya.