New advocacy toolkit supports scale-up of essential commodities for women’s and children’s…

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Maternal Health Task force
The MHTF is a facilitator of partnerships to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity around the world and is the flagship program of the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Today marked the launch of a new electronic advocacy toolkit, “Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns.” The toolkit, developed by PATH and Global Health Visions, is a resource designed to support efforts to translate ten recommendations developed by the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities into the national action needed to expand access to essential commodities at scale. From PATH: This toolkit provides information about the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities (the Commission), 13 priority commodities, and examples of how its ten recommendations to improve access and availability are being applied globally and within countries. It also provides advocacy resources for utilizing the Commission platform to raise awareness and engage stakeholders in addressing commodity-related gaps in policy. In addition, MCHIP released a new infographic offering an overview of the 13 essential commodities toolkit, which includes medicines and other commodities needed across the continuum of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. It includes three medicines: oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate, for addressing postpartum hemorrhage and pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, the two complications that account for the vast majority of maternal deaths around the world.

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New advocacy toolkit supports scale-up of essential commodities for women’s and children’s…