Why focus on life-saving commodities?

Millions of women and children die every year of preventable causes. Too often, affordable, effective medicines and simple health supplies do not reach the women and children who need them most. The most common barriers that prevent them from receiving appropriate interventions include the insufficient supply of high quality health commodities where they are most needed; the inability to effectively regulate the quality of these commodities; and the lack of access and awareness on why, how and when to use them.

How do the recommendations translate into action?

Pinpointing bottlenecks to accessing essential commodities

Dr. Mulugeta Tsefaye, MD, consults his patients, Tiberich Molal, 27, and her 5-year-old son at Korem Hospital in Tigray Region of Ethiopia 21 August 2013. ©UNICEF/Ose


Uganda estimates in scaling up all 13 essential commodities

Uganda estimates that scaling up all 13 essential commodities could result in over 151,000 children and nearly 6,000 mothers saved by 2020.

Though maternal mortality ratio has declined significantly in recent years in Uganda, it is still above the Millennium Development Goals 2015 target of 131 and will need accelerated effort to deepen the trend. Despite reduction of infant a child mortality by 50% over the past 20 years, one in 11 children in Uganda still dies before their fifth birthday.

More than numbers: how better data is changing health systems

The World Health Organisation and partners launched the Health Data Collaborative on 9 March in New York. This informal partnership aims to strengthen countries’ capacity to collect, analyse and use reliable heath data

What is slowing down uptake of contraceptive implants: a review in 10 countries

Pregnant women watch as a HIV nurse counselor demonstrates how to use a female condom at the Princess Christian maternity hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone in March, 2011. Together,  contraceptive implants, female con UNICEF/Nesbitt.

FP2020 resource kit for family planning strategies

FP2020 just launched its costed implementation plan (CIP) Resource Kit, featuring tools for developing and executing a robust, actionable and resourced family planning strategy. Specifically, the kit includes guidance documents and tools necessary for program planners, ministry representatives and technical assistance providers to go through the CIP process.


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