The go! Pad is a sanitary pad comprised of banana fibers and agro-waste produced by Sustainable Health Enterprises.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
Directly from manufacturer at market price. go! Pads are sold to women and schools where they can be given to girls who need them. They also have a monthly donation and sponsorship program.
Distributions to Date Status
793,590 go! pads are made and sold by may 29th , 2019.
Absorbent base materials
Banana stem fibers
go! Pads are made from banana stem fibers Raw material is cut into small pieces and dried in the sun. It is then re-puffed in special machines and stuffed into individual pads through patented technology before passing through UV sanitation boxes.
Disposable and biodegradable
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
Designer specified performance targets include: low-cost, eco-friendly, and local production
Vetted Performance Status
The pad needs to be changed after every 10 hours.
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Hannah J., Hannah K., et al,. 2019, The impact of menstrual hygiene management on adolescent health: The effect of Go! pads on rate of urinary tract infection in adolescent females in Kibogora, Rwanda, International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Compliance with regulations
Recognized and promoted by Government of Rawanda