the importance of sanitary pads


No human being died because of poverty – everything happens because of ignorance.

There’s a fantastically interesting story on the BBC website about a guy in India who’s dedicated a huge portion of his life to developing a machine that can produce low-cost sanitary pads. This story makes me realise that modern conveniences aren’t just toasters and washing machines, but the inventions that allow us to move freely and safely all month long, especially when blood is gushing from our bodies.

Some interesting facts:

  • sanitary pads are sold at a rate of 40 times the cost of the main ingredient – cotton
  • only 12% of Indian women can afford to buy sanitary pads
  • the rest of them use old rags or even sand, sawdust and ash
  • 70% of all reproductive diseases in India are caused by poor menstrual hygiene

It makes me wonder how many other practical and obvious inventions to improve the lives of others are floating out there undiscovered.