Maternal Health Commodities
For many women living in developing countries, having a child is dangerous. Despite widespread agreement on how to prevent and treat the causes of maternal death and disability, women are often unable to get basic supplies that ensure a healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. Research shows that the barriers to adequate supplies include lack of financing, poor infrastructure, and broken supply chains.
Following the Reproductive Health Supplies Model
Ten years ago, family planning supplies were in a similar state. While we need to continue increasing access to family planning supplies, today we have financing mechanisms, improved infrastructure and supply chains, and an effective forum for advocacy: theReproductive Health Supplies Coalition. These developments have led to dramatic gains in the availability and accessibility of a variety of quality, affordable family planning options, saving the lives of countless women and their children. Such gains and improvements to increase access to maternal health supplies are possible, feasible, and urgently needed.
VOA’s health correspondent Linord Moudou talks to Dr. Patrick Lukulay, Vice President of Global Health Impact Programs with the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, about counterfeit drugs.