Period Care for Lower Income Countries
Most women in low and middle-income countries use some derivative of pads made using a variety of local materials ranging from cotton, goat skin to cow feces. SURePAD is a hybrid derivative of pads that mainly resolves the major issue of women in LMICs struggling with the shame and hassle of carrying around pads which makes it hard to go through the process of discreetly replacing and cleaning up their periods.
The mechanism takes inspiration from the tissue box!
The friction between the overlapping tissues enable the second tissue to stick to the first tissue being pulled.
The flexible plastic top layer with the slit separates the second tissue upon pulling the first tissue with slight force.
Both collapsing ends adhere to form a conveniently disposable square.
Multiple thin pads overlapped and rolled up like tissue rolls. Segmented with adhesive at each end on the two collapsing ends of pads (area circled in orange). The pads are composed of 3 thin layers: top sheet, moisture proof middle layer and absorbent bottom layer.
The top sheet traps the non-liquid component of menstrual discharge (which is 65%), while the liquid component (35%) seeps through the dents in the middle layer and gets in contact with the absorbent bottom layer.