From recommendations to action

The recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities to focus on a few underused, essential medicines and health products to bolster the reduction of maternal and children deaths triggered two successive mechanisms to support countries in their RMNCH strategies.

In 2013, eight countries developed national plans to increase access to and use of life-saving commodities for women and children, as part of their broader national strategies for women and children health. These countries are the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Uganda, and are the first to have taken on board the UN Commission recommendations.


In 2014-2015, these countries, together with another 11, took part in a RMNCH Country Engagement Process. Although the Country Engagement Process had a broad RMNCH scope, access to life-saving commodities remained central. The process, led by the Ministry of Health and supported by development partners, provided technical and financial support to existing national plans to accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal and child deaths.

Both mechanisms were supported by grants from a RMNCH Trust Fund, which operated from 2013 to 2016.

Click on the map to see examples of what these 19 countries have achieved through these two mechanisms.