Belinda Roselli Mary Kalsrap Jack Kalsrap Alysa Pomer


On 23 March 2020, the Government of Vanuatu closed its borders as a pre-emptive measure to keep COVID-19 infections out of the country. Three days later, the government declared a State of Emergency (SOE), restricting movement within the country and increasing hygiene measures.1 Compounding the situation, a Category 5 cyclone, Tropical Cyclone (TC) Harold, struck Vanuatu on 6-7 April 2020, causing devastation in the northern provinces of the nation.

While the SOE measures have thus far been effective and Vanuatu remains one of the very few COVID-free nations in the world, domestic and international restrictions and stoppages have prevented Vanuatu sexual and reproductive health (SRH) organisations from functioning at full capacity. For this case study, we are sharing the experience of Mammas Laef Vanuatu (MFV), a Ni-Vanuatu-owned and -run social enterprise. MLV sews and distributes reusable hygiene products, including menstrual pads and incontinence products. Alongside the distribution of these products, MLV also conducts education programs around SRH for adolescents and adults of all genders.