The Need

Rwandan Children

1 in 3 families could not afford diapers prior to the pandemic

In 2020, the National Diaper Bank Network distributed more than 100 million diapers to 220 diaper banks across the country, a 67 percent spike year-over-year.

Most commercial child-care centers and babysitters require families to provide diapers, so a shortfall can make a difference in a parent’s ability to earn an income.

Diaper need can have significant health implications, because keeping babies and toddlers in diapers too long — or washing and reusing disposable ones — can lead to painful rashes, urinary tract infections and emergency room trips.

An adequate supply of diapers may prove to be a tangible way of reducing parenting stress and increasing parenting sense of competency, enabling parents to be more sensitive with their children, and thereby improving parenting quality and overall child outcomes,