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Reusable Pads: A Sustainable and Affordable Solution to Addressing Period Poverty in Nigeria.
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  • Sarah Kuponiyi,
  • Kenneth Egwu,
  • Miranda Uzoamaka Ezema,
  • Olayemi Amusile,
  • Chukwu Chibuike Victor,
  • Francisca Onukansi,
  • Blessing Abai Sunday,
  • Goodness Ogeyi Odey
Sarah Kuponiyi
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

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Kenneth Egwu
University of Nigeria Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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Miranda Uzoamaka Ezema
University of Calabar
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Olayemi Amusile
Delta State University Faculty of Pharmacy
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Chukwu Chibuike Victor
Ebonyi State University
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Francisca Onukansi
Federal University of Technology Owerri School of Health Technology
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Blessing Abai Sunday
University of Uyo Faculty of Pharmacy
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Goodness Ogeyi Odey
The London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Health Policy
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Period poverty is the inability of menstruators to have access to all they need for proper handling of their menstruation which includes; access to menstrual products, proper menstrual education and sanitary facilities. It is a big threat, especially in low and middle-income countries if not properly addressed and a hindrance to the achievement of sustainable development goals. Period poverty has resulted in girls missing classes due to lack of access to menstrual products. Also some women and girls tend to use pieces of clothing, tissues and other unhygienic material for the management of their menstruation due to their inability to afford disposable pads. The hike in price of disposable pads has made them a luxury for many girls to have especially in low and middle-income countries. The amount of waste generated by the use of these products is alarming and detrimental to the ecosystem. There is a need to have a menstrual product that is affordable and eco-friendly; reusable pads fit into this description. The issue of whether menstruators would welcome the use of reusable pads due to fear of being laughed at or believe that reusable pads can lead to infections manifests as a result of a lack of proper education concerning these products. Studies prove that reusable pads are not associated with any form of infection and could be a better alternative to disposable pads. This paper aims to emphasize on the important role the use of reusable pads can play towards ending period poverty with prioritizing adequate menstrual health education and improved water, sanitation and hygiene facilities.