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Innovation for health and the economy

  • Published at 12:43 am November 25th, 2021
Farhana Sultana
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Bangladesh has a golden opportunity here

It is incredible to see that Farhana Sultana -- A Bangladeshi female scientist at icddr,b has won the grand prize for the fourth Annual Innovations Pitch competition, organized by an organization in the US. 

More impressive however is her product -- a jute cellulose-based disposable pad, which has the potential to change the entire menstrual hygiene industry. Bangladeshi scientists have been making sustainable innovations based on resources that are native to Bangladesh for a while now, and it is good to see Farhana Sultana join the list. 

Not only are these pads disposable and thus pose no harm to nature, but because they use jute -- a crop that used to be one of the most beloved exports in the past -- there is potential here to monetize this opportunity and revamp the jute industry. The jute industry of Bangladesh has been faltering for a while now, and experts have been looking for a solution. This could be a potential game changer.

However, there is currently no machine in Bangladesh to manufacture the pads, and this is a barrier to scalability. As such, we must step up, and do what is necessary to deploy this product into the mass market. 

Bangladesh has a golden opportunity here, both from the stance of economics and working on empowering its women. We should not waste it.

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