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BanaPads: To grow or not to grow? That is the question


Economics, Strategy and Entrepreneurship

Authors / Editors

Alemany L;Andreo N;Gutierrez A


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Uganda was one of the fastest countries in Africa to reduce the share of its population living on poverty, US$1.90 per person per day or less, from 53.2% in 2006 to 34.6% in 2013. However, despite this progress, there was more work to be done, particularly in non-monetary areas, including improved sanitation, access to electricity and education, and eradicating child malnutrition. Part of the development challenge was reaching rural populations, as less than 20% of the population was based in urban areas. An important issue was feminine health, particularly menstrual health. In rural Uganda, menstruation was still stigmatised as ‘unclean’. Combined with a lack of access to affordable solutions to manage menstruation, a natural biological process became a barrier to women fully participating in society.

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Africa; Uganda

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