Menstrual Hygiene Hurdles in the Bushes- Women Share Survival Strategies

Women for Peace Cameroon
Posted May 14, 2019 from Cameroon

With no access to sanitary pads,displaced women in the bushes of Cameroon are using plants to protect themselves during their monthly flow. 

This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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Jill Langhus
May 16
May 16

Hello dear,

Thanks for sharing your sad story. I can't believe that they have resorted to using moss to stop their menstrual flow. I have reached out to one of the Cameroonian sisters to see if she has any resources that she can share with us so that they don't have to do this. It doesn't seem like a very healthy option to me.

Tamarack Verrall
May 20
May 20

Hi Women for Peace in Cameroon,
Thank you for bringing news of women who have been displaced, and how they are coping with ways women used in the past, to handle menstruation. Many women in my country use sponges, and moss has been described as having been used when there was no other way. In case this link can be of use, there is grant money for grants written before May 26/19.

Hello, Women for Peace Cameroon,

Oh wow. I'm concern if the moss is safe. I hope they will not have infections. This is heartbreaking.

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