RTI Summer Direct Impact Project. Period.
UPDATE: We started out with an ambitious goal of 200,000 period supplies, a stretch goal of 250,000 and an estimate of 20 pallets. In the end, we donated over 450,000 period supplies including 48 total pallets, and each of the four Alliance for Period Supplies locations will get over 100,000 supplies per location!
It’s time to address a health crisis: one that existed long before the turmoil of the past 18 months, but intensified by it.
A 2019 study led by St. Louis University researchers found 36 percent of people who menstruate missed days of work due to a lack of adequate period supplies. It also found 21 percent of low-income individuals surveyed couldn’t buy those needed products on a monthly basis…nearly half of them had to choose between buying food or period-related products.
That study was conducted before the global pandemic led to lockdowns, closed businesses, rising unemployment, and decreased availability of retail goods. These economic disruptions lead to even lower access to products for people who menstruate. It affects low-income households, patients in hospitals and care facilities, even health workers and students.
Combine all this with the health risks associated with dangerous improvisation or omission of menstrual care, and it’s not just a concern or a problem; it’s a crisis.
It’s time to change the world again. Period.