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Sanitary Pads Tax Scrap. A positive move

Did you know on average a girl/woman spend 4-10 days on Menstrual cycle?

 In Tanzania, the average price of sanitary pad ranges from TShs 2000/- to TShs 4000/- in the local shops and a girl spends an average of TShs 36,000/- per annum to purchase these sanitary pads.

In 2018/19 the government of Tanzania has resorted to scrap the VAT imposed on Sanitary pads, this initiative has come forth to ensure the availability and affordability of sanitary products to girls and women who on average come from  low –income communities especially  those on rural area.  

 Sanitary pads are essential for women, improper usage of materials that are not hygienic may be harmful and result to diseases such as fungus and cervical cancer just to mention a few. Despite that, these sanitary pads have gone unaffordable leading to women turning for locally available materials such as pieces of cloth (Kanga), husk leaf, and Ugali which put women to  these many health risks.

The challenges is more with young girls in school who have recently obtained their first menstruation thus, lack  proper menstrual management education, and cannot afford to purchase the right menstrual products due to unaffordability of these sanitary materials thus decide to skip classes until they done with their menstrual cycle to avoid stigma from their fellow school mates who might notice blood stains on their skirts since they do not have right menstrual materials, this course has results to poor academic performance and truancy that has resulted to school drop outs and early pregnancy case as these young girls may result to seek fund from men that take advantage of them.

SATF has joined hands with other stakeholders advocating for the availability of sanitary pads to girls in schools, as well as the right knowledge on usage through her Binti Nadhifu Project. With current advocacy impetus and positive gesture from the policy-makers, i.e. the legislature and other Menstrual Hygiene Stakeholders, we believe that with these initiative women get access to these female-based life necessities sanitary pads at an affordable price, but also snatch them from the health threatening risks as a result of improper sanitary materials.