Two high-school students, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, created their own game that combats the stigma surrounding feminine hygiene. The pair met in the summer of 2014 when participating in a Girls Who Code summer program. For their final project, they developed Tampon Run.
Ninety percent of girls and women use reusable pads or rags. If improperly cleaned or left damp, they are at risk of contracting reproductive infections and illnesses. Flo is a hygiene kit that allows girls to wash, dry and carry reusable sanitary pads.
3D printing (also called additive manufacturing) has been around for a number of years, but is only recently being utilized for new, innovative projects. From small trinkets to icing on cookies, all the way to construction materials and artificial limbs for amputees, 3D printing can be used in a number of different settings to create unique objects. Because of this success, 3D printing is now being seen as a useful addition to humanitarian responses. It has burst onto the humanitarian scene, helping people in a number of new, innovative ways.
Water-borne diseases kill millions of people every year. The flow-on effects of poor sanitation and lack of access to safe drinking water can impact almost every aspect of life, from preventing children from attending school to exposing women to sexual violence when they go to collect water from distant sources. New super hydrophobic surfaces are promising to change the game in sanitation and hygiene.
iDE, a Winnipeg based non-profit organization that supports business opportunities in the developing world, will work with Nepali small business owners and local entrepreneurs to scale-up the production, marketing and sale of simple latrines using a novel approach successfully demonstrated in Cambodia and Nepal: marketing simple, low-cost toilets as a status symbol and sanitation as an affordable source of pride.
Made of high-tech paper using silver nanoparticles, the Drinkable Book is an effective and affordable water filter that teaches users healthy sanitation practices — all for significantly less than comparable filters.