Millions of teenage girls in Africa cannot afford disposable sanitary pads, forcing them to miss school each month during their menstrual cycles. This causes them to fall behind in their studies or drop out of school, perpetuating the vicious cycles of gender inequality and poverty that exist on the continent.
Many girls in Africa are often forced to use unsafe substitutes for sanitary pads (e.g., mattress filling, cow dung, leaves, or pieces of cloth) or engage in dangerous behaviors like transactional sex to obtain sanitary protection.
This increases their vulnerability to premature sexual debut; early or unplanned pregnancy; child marriage; and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
Huru Kits are distributed at community and school events led by facilitators trained by Huru.
Huru manufactures a high quality pad that will make the girl feel safe and comfortable. It is leak-proof guaranteed based on previous parameters for a specific period of time. Often hundreds of girls – along with teen boys and other community members – attend these distribution workshops, where the facilitators speak about health and gender issues and facilitate confidential referrals for HIV counseling and testing.