Friday, June 9, 2023

Cuban mother on disposable diaper shortage: “We are desperate”

A desperate Cuban mother took to social networks to express her discontent over the shortage of disposable diapers for young children.

On the Pax Guantanamo Facebook profile, user Yanita Marques said she had to pay 1,500 pesos for diapers, an unsustainable cost for a Cuban family.

“I am a mother who cannot continue to buy Pampers for 1,000 and even 1,500 pesos. I beg you please do something for these Cuban mothers, yes we are all Cubans, who care for the needs of our children. The reasons are desperate because it is a necessity, not a luxury,” the woman said.

She explained that diaper shortages create a lot of stress because “there’s no water, no soap” to be able to wash cloth diapers.

The Cuban mother dedicated her message to Guantanamo’s official journalist, Miguel Reyes Mendoza, better known as Miguel Noticías. He asked them to report on these harsh realities suffered by the population to see if alternatives arise in local governments that allow diapers to be purchased in a more orderly manner.

“Put Pampers where everyone buys chicken modules for notebooks, where the children are. Please don’t deprive our children of that need,” said the woman.

The publication was commented on and shared by other Cuban mothers who supported Marques. One of them referred to the restrictions imposed by the government on the purchase of this product.

“One package of Pampers is not enough for a whole month. Nor is it enough for 2 years as they said. There are babies older than 2 who pee. Diapers should be in stages and it is not fair that three One-year-olds don’t have the right to buy it and their mothers pay a very high price for it,” said another Cuban woman.

Amid the current economic crisis, Cubans cannot find detergent or soap to keep up with the washing speed needed for children’s clothing, especially children’s diapers. Disposables are essential for use, especially in areas where they may be without a water supply for more than 20 days.

From April 2022, the Cimex company said that it is experiencing extreme demand for disposable diapers and that the shortage announced by Cuban mothers is not the same. The company reported that when they released the diapers, the product sold out in less than 72 hours after it went on sale in stores in CUP.

In 2022, there were queues all over the country to buy diapers. Since then, there have been many criticisms of provincial governments for not organizing the distribution of this product, but no solution has been found.

Cuba has a shortage of water, a shortage of soap and detergent, and a shortage of disposable diapers. Many families do not have the resources to meet the basic needs of personal hygiene for their children and elders.

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