Why Mela in Ethiopia?
of Ethiopian girls say they do not use any product to manage their menstruation
of Ethiopian women and girls use home-made alternatives
of Ethiopian women report having everything they need to manage their periods
of Ethiopian adolescent girs have never received information on menstrual hygiene
In addition, there is an unmet demand for quality menstrual hygiene products in Ethiopia, especially in rural areas. Though 84% of Ethiopians live in rural areas, 80% of the distribution of menstrual products is in urban areas. Products are often of poor quality, unequally distributed, and unaffordable.
Ethiopian girls and women not only face challenges to find and afford menstrual products, but also to have access to clean and safe sanitation facilities and receive proper health care support. When at school, 85% of girls don’t change their pads because of the absence of separate toilets for females, teasing from male students, lack of water sources, and nonexistence of disposal systems.
Under these circumstances, MELA FOR HER is determined to provide effective solutions to girls and women so they can develop their full potentialities.