Valuing the African Genius

Moses Kizza Musaazi

Moses Kizza Musaazi is a Ugandan inventor who has conceived and manufactured the Makapads which are sanitary towels manufactured with papyrus. He holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College (University of London) and is a senior lecturer in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology). He is also the founder of Technology for Tomorrow Ltd. (T4T), a registered company which specializes in what they call “appropriate technology”

Healthcare - Hygiene Menu

Profile reviewed: January 16, 2017

First publication: November 2009

Source: Erik Lanuza

The Makapads are made from papyrus and paper waste. The fibers are beaten, dried and softened using very little electricity. The pads are 95% biodegradable, have a higher absorption capacity than competition and can be used for 8 to 10 hours. They provide effective and low-cost protection to every girl and woman who use them.

The Makapads have been certified by the Uganda National Bureau of Standards. Each packet contains 10 pads and sell for about $0.6 - $0.68 which is almost about half the price of imported sanitary towels.