Entrepreneur, designer, Harvard grad and founder of the global Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE)…Elizabeth Scharpf developed a seemingly simple but significant design innovation involving banana leaves…that is profoundly improving the lives of young women around the world. Scharpf is the 2010 winner of the Curry Stone Design Prize.
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Elizabeth Scharpf is an entrepreneur, designer and founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises, which has a mission to improve the quality of life for people in developing countries. Scharpf is the 2010 Curry Stone Design Prize winner for her work in Rwanda that involves partnering with networks of women to make and sell sanitary pads made from banana leaves. She has spent time as a strategic management consultant at Cambridge Pharma Consultancy as well as stints at the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank in Asia and East Africa, respectively. Elizabeth has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MPA in international development from Harvardâ€™s Kennedy School of Government, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.
Girls and women in developing countries can miss school and/or work (up to 50 days) because they don't have access to affordable sanitary pads. The goal of Sustainable Health Enterprises (she) is to increase access to affordable sanitary pads through sustainable businesses.
Periodic discharge from the vagina of blood, secretions, and shed mucous lining of the uterus (endometrium). The endometrium prepares to receive a fertilized egg by thickening and producing secretions. If the egg released by the ovary is not fertilized, the endometrium breaks down and is expelled by contractions of the uterus. The first menstruation (menarche) occurs after other changes of puberty, usually at 1113 years of age, apparently triggered by the passing of a weight threshold. Bleeding may be irregular or heavy at first. In adult women, menstrual periods begin at an average interval of 28 days and last about five days; some variation among women and in the same woman is normal. Uterine contractions are felt as cramps. The amount of blood lost is usually less than 1.7 oz (50 ml). Menstruation ends with menopause. Menstrual disorders include dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) and amenorrhea (no bleeding), heavy or light bleeding, and uterine bleeding. See alsopremenstrual syndrome.