Updated Feb 26, 2020

Angeline Trine

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Safepad™ is a reusable, washable hygiene pad designed with a permanently bonded antimicrobial
technology that efficiently reduces the concentration of fungi and bacteria.

Safepad ™ is a washable, reusable sanitary pad that contains a permanent antimicrobial treatment effectively reducing the number of fungi and bacteria. This reduces the risk for infections caused by e.g. Candida albicans - also called Candidiasis.

75% of all women experience at least one infection in their lifetime caused by Candida albicans. Infections of this type can cause...

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Safepad ™ is a washable, reusable sanitary pad that contains a permanent antimicrobial treatment effectively reducing the number of fungi and bacteria. This reduces the risk for infections caused by e.g. Candida albicans - also called Candidiasis.

75% of all women experience at least one infection in their lifetime caused by Candida albicans. Infections of this type can cause major irritation and in severe cases affect fertility.

Safepad ™ is made of a soft material that provides protection and comfort. The superabsorbent material will, in combination with the permanently antimicrobial treatment, provide a comfortable and hygienic experience for women. The antimicrobial technology is based on a treatment in which it leaves a positively charged layer of the sanitary fabric. This attracts and kills negatively charged microbes like bacteria and fungi.

The technology does not use any harmful or toxic chemical compounds nor antibiotics. The layer responsible for the antimicrobial effect consists only of three elements: Carbon chains with embedded nitrogen atoms attached to a silicon that also provides for the permanent connection with the fabric.

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

Its proven to work - the need is enormous - the demand is there ...
and its a smart investment - #leaving no-one behind - to invest in girls globally.
Registered in Indiain India

Focus Areas:

Waste Management and Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Implemented In:

Kenya and India

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2
Countries Implemented In
100
Customers
6
Employees
$10,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

Until recently, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) has been a forgotten global health challenge but has in recent years moved up high on the agenda in the international community. This is partly due to the connection between poor menstrual hygiene and related problems that have been better explained. These are the main problems:

- Vaginal infections, which without a good health system can cause infertility and other serious health problems.

- Poor education for women towards menstruation hygiene management - studies point to girls without the opportunity of managing their menstruation simply stays away from school when they are menstruating.

- Prostitution – young girls often offer themselves for money, so they can afford pads.

- Increased inequality between men and women, partly because of the poor education, unwanted pregnancies, taboos, and stigmatization.

In Kenya, studies show that 65% of the women cannot afford menstrual products and that 2 out of 3 women in rural areas get sanitary pads from their sexual partners. In rural areas, it is not abnormal that women give themselves up to prostitution to earn sanitary pads. These women expose themselves to sexually transmitted diseases, early pregnancies (leading to early marriages and school dropouts) as well as HIV and AIDS.

Studies show that the lack of menstrual products increases the absence from school. The World Bank estimates that poor menstrual hygiene results in 4 lost school days per month for mature girls. This means that Kenyan girls miss out on approx. 3.5 million learning days per month. In addition, the poorest paid women who cannot afford sanitary pads and who are therefore left out on socially important tasks and their work.


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Solution

Safepad ™ is a reusable sanitary pad that addresses most of the problems stated above. Safepad ™ is administered with an antimicrobial treatment that causes the product to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi during use and that it sterilizes itself after washing, even if the water is contaminated. Safepad ™ is very durable and has a lifespan expectancy of 1 to 4 years, depending on how well it is treated and how often it is washed. The cost of Safepad ™, compared to a disposable sanitary pad, is for the individual user earned back in 2 to 3 months.

Target Beneficiaries

Girls and women in need of quality MHM products.
We are at Real Relief, specially target on third country girls and women who are living in poverty layer.

The customer value of Safepad ™ depends on which customer group it is concerning. Different customer groups could benefit from numerous benefits.

- The end users, the individual menstrual woman:

o Reduction of the risk of infection during use of the product

o Economic savings compared to one-use sanitary pads.

o Lower risk of leaking the blood, compared with alternative products, such as old rags etc.

o Easy maintenance, as Safepad ™ only needs to be soaked and rinsed with cold water and it is easy to dry.

o Fewer problems regarding disposal of menstrual waste. Fewer problems with menstrual waste.



Mission and Vision

About Real Relief
At Real Relief we CHALLENGE – INNOVATE – APPLY. By making innovative and affordable life improving
products and services available to governments, relief agencies, NGO’s, faith-based organizations and
private sector donors we are determined to making a real difference for people in real need.
At Real Relief we offer exactly what we promise. Real relief!
We promise governments, relief agencies, NGO’s, faith-based organizations and private sector donors that
we will continue to challenge existing value chains, to provide more relief to more people. We will innovate
technologies and rethink distribution methods and efficiently apply these new competences to building
sustainable relief market capabilities. But even more important we promise to the world, that we will be
relentless in our pursuit for excellence and passionately work for honest people with good intentions,
bringing real relief to those who need it the most.
Real Relief. Making a real promise.

Competitive Advantage

The only intelligent pad in the world. Capacity to scale up fabric production - willingness to do technology transfer. Safe pad is our greatest innovative product in our product portfolio which gives significant cost savings for the beneficiaries while giving better hygienic conditions as well.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We, at Real Relief team are involving in continuous innovation process thanked to our experienced team. Moreover we always welcome the consumers feedback and developing our products accordingly.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted100
New Implemented CountriesBangladesh, Nepal, Kenya, South Sudan
RecruitN/A
New FeatureN/A

The Team Behind the Innovation

We are equipped with the experienced team consists of an Engineer, Business Development Manager, Sales Manager and other multi discipline employees with different cultural background.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
May 2018
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Danish Design Award 2018
May 2018
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
India
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya

Supporting Materials

DDA-2018-PR290818.pdf
Advantage-safepad-a4.pdf
EN-Safepad-Folder-A5-20160509-Homeprinting-v2.pdf