Sometimes one project leads to another. That’s exactly what happened for PHd candidate and innovator Liita Iyaloo Cairney. While visiting her home country of Namibia to do research for her dissertation, Cairney had a meaningful conversation with her Aunt, a teacher. It was expressed how many of the girls would have wads of toilet paper as their only use of menstrual hygiene.
This pushed Cairney to do more in depth research upon returning back to her university in the UK and she made a decision to pursue a solution. In a recent interview with Huffington Post Lilita expressed, “Not only do girls have zero access to the products that they need, but they also don’t understand their own anatomy. They are all quite reluctant to insert anything into their bodies. It got me thinking that actually I should build off what the menstrual cup is trying to do and design an externally-worn product that is aimed at young girls during the early stages of their menstrual cycle.”
Cairney’s innovative product consists of two parts. One of them is an anti-leak shell, which hugs the pubic area and the other is an absorbent liner made from bamboo which fits inside the shell.
“I had somebody do a cast of my pubic area,” explained Cairney. “It’s designed around the curve of the pubic bone and the thigh area.”
Her innovation is catching the eye of many around the world including the First Lady of Namibia who has expressed interest in purchasing the final product and making it available to the girls of the country who so desperately need it.
To learn more about Lilita and the First Period brand be sure to visit the website at www.firstperiod.org
By: Rachel Cargle
Social Media Manager BUPeriod