Emma Wright and Carla Walp, two students from Seattle Pacific University, approached CouldYou? with a cost effective solution for manufacturing and shipping menstrual cups and shared their desire to make a difference in the lives of girls in developing countries. The cups are certified safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are environmentally responsible since one cup can be used for up to 15 years.
CouldYou? brought together the right partners in Mozambique, including the Chissano Foundation and Pathfinder International, with support from the Ministries of Health and Education, to initiate a study on the acceptability and feasibility of the menstrual cups. When approved, the study will be conducted throughout 2017 with girls in both urban and rural environments. The study will be integrated into current girls’ health initiatives in schools and will be conducted with the utmost respect for cultural sensitivities, in close collaboration with the impacted communities.
If successful, the study can lead to the rollout of menstrual cups across Mozambique and potentially other African countries. It will also make an important contribution to the global body of knowledge around menstrual health, which is increasingly being recognized as a priority.