In partnership with the Menstrual Cup Coalition, MannionDaniels manages the The Menstrual Cup Fund. The Menstrual Cup Fund provides grants to civil society and grassroots organisations in order to deliver innovative menstrual health projects in socio-economically disadvantaged communities across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Menstrual Cups have multiple benefits including:
Environmental Benefits: A menstrual cup has less than 1.5% of the environmental impact than a single-use tampon or pad. Disposable’ pads/tampons take up to 500 years to biodegrade, and when using them one women would fill the equivalent of two mini-buses with waste in her lifetime. In comparison, menstrual cups can be re-used for up to 10 years.
Health Benefits:Studies posted in The Lancet show that cups are safe and reduce vaginal infections. Menstrual cups have been proven to be medically safe to wear for up to 12 hours, including throughout the night and in water-poor settings.
Social Benefits: Cup use increases school and work attendance, social engagements, and quality of life. When worn correctly, cups cannot be felt and can be worn longer than other products, enabling activities to be continue unhindered by periods.
Economic Benefits: Menstrual Cups save users money, and in some circumstances help keep them safe. In Europe women using menstrual cups save up to EU5,000 in their lifetime. ‘Disposable’ menstrual products are expensive and in some places such as Kenya, girls exchange sex for pads: risking unwanted pregnancy and STI’s, including HIV.
Increasing knowledge and access to menstrual cups increases gender equity and reduces environmental damage.
Outcomes directly link to the global Sustainable Development Goals on gender, health, poverty and the environment, while having measurable impact and scalability.
The fund ensures value for money through a centralised support system hosted by MannionDaniels.