Sustainable Health Enterprise (SHE)
The go! Pad is a sanitary pad comprised of banana fibers and agro-waste produced by Sustainable Health Enterprises.
Rwanda. SHE partnered with Rwanda’s Ministry of Health to help promote their new national health campaign
Traditional methods (ex. reusable cloth), Commercial menstrual pads (ex. Always brand, which can be too expensive for low-income girls and women to afford).
Young girls, students, (9- to 14-year-old girls)
Large-scale pilot production
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.
793,590 go! pads are made and sold by may 29th , 2019.
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.
The pad needs to be changed after every 10 hours.
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
Recognized and promoted by Government of Rawanda.
Field trials and use acceptance testing.
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