‘Food over sanitary pads’: women in Fiji struggling to cope with periods in the pandemic

Posted by on June 9, 2020 8:00 pm
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As Covid-19 causes economic crises in the Pacific, women are struggling to afford pads and tampons

The first time AnneMary Raduva, 16, and her sister Faith, 13, went shopping for sanitary pads after the coronavirus outbreak hit their home of Fiji, they noticed two things: there were barely any to choose from, and those that were available cost more than before the pandemic.

The Pacific region, which is home to some of the world’s most vulnerable communities, has escaped the worst health impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak, but is feeling the full brunt of its economic effect.

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