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Shortages of Tampons and Baby Formula Hit Parents Hard

by Alisha Bhagat, Jul 9
1 minute read

In May the US experienced a significant baby formula shortage when one of the large formula manufacturing plants closed. This comes at the same time as a large national tampon shortage. A couple of large companies control the bulk of the market share of both items and the consolidation of the supply chain, as well as its vulnerability have come under scrutiny.

So what?

Shortages of critical items such as tampons and formula point to the vulnerability of supply chains. Lack of action around these needed products indicate that because many of the people consuming them are women, that they are of a low priority. This makes women and children even more vulnerable. What are the implications on human wellbeing if these disruptions continue? How do we ensure that we prioritize the health needs of the most vulnerable? How can manufacturing and supply chains become more diverse and resilient in the face of ongoing risk?

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by Alisha Bhagat Spotted 21 signals

Alisha Bhagat is a futurist whose work focuses on the creative use of futures tools to impact long term positive change, particularly around social justice and equality. For the past seven years, she has worked at Forum for the Future, a non-profit that helps organizations think systemically and sustainably about the future. Alisha brings a broad toolkit to her work and designs games, creates immersive experiences, and brings the future to life. Prior to joining Forum, Alisha was a foreign policy consultant for the US government and a fellow at the East-West Center in Honolulu. Alisha holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BS in Anthropology and History from Carnegie Mellon University. She was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in 2005. When not thinking about the future, Alisha is an avid gamer and science fiction enthusiast. She is also president of the board of BitchMedia, a feminist media organization.

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