In Nairobi, menstruating women have to hide their dirty sanitary towels, throwing them on top of shacks or in the road. There is nowhere to dispose of them inside the house. Family members will complain about the smell.
Women are made to feel ashamed of this natural, monthly occurrence, and are forced to dispose of sanitary towels in a manner that leaves the settlement dirty, and its inhabitants at greater risk of disease.
It is the same story when a woman gives birth. There is nowhere to dispose of the afterbirth, so it is kept in a tin can in the house. Doris Museti, a resident of Mukuru - one of Nairobi's largest slums says, “The container will remain in the house until very late in the evening. What is she to do with it? She will have to wait until very late to dispose of it, maybe mix it with dirty water and then throw it out…. Nowadays, blood carries everything...."
"We have just been surviving.”