KENYA: Peeing cup for women to prevent infections
A Kenyan woman is providing a solution for those battling with infections after using unhygienic public toilets.
Njeri Muthaka sells peeing cups that help women urinate while standing, consequently preventing them from sitting on public toilet bowls.
Ms Muthaka told the media Swahili-language health programme, Maisha (meaning “life”), that she imported a peeing cup after suffering from urinary tract infections many times.
After using it and seeing a reduction in recurrence of infections, she decided to start selling the cup locally.
Doctors agree that the peeing cup can reduce infections.
“If you are not squatting to pee then it means you are not getting in contact to the toilet, then it reduces risk of infection. You can prevent a lot by using it,” said Dr Chris Obwaka.
Kenyan men are however saying that the cups go against the cultural set-up.
“This would be against the culture because we know that women should not pee while standing,” Simon Baraza told the programme.
The peeing cup sells for two dollars and Ms Muthaka says she has sold over 400 across East Africa.