EML Search: Database for Maternal and Reproductive Health Commodities

EML Search: Database for Maternal and Reproductive Health Commodities
Young mother receive medicine from a health care worker at Bobi Health Center III, Gulu District, Uganda, in December 2015. © UNICEF/UN03293/Ose

 

EML Search  is a new a database that provides national stakeholders with information on 13 reproductive and maternal health commodities[1]. Six of those have been listed as essential commodities by the UN Commission.

The national Essential Medicines List (EML) is an important policy document that often dictates what the public health sector will procure for use in the health system. The inclusion of essential reproductive and maternal health supplies in national EMLs is a critical element for ensuring their availability at every level of a country’s health care system.

The database can be searched by country to determine which of the commodities are included in any given country’s EML; the database can also be searched by commodity for a list of countries that include it.  Both the country and commodity listing includes specifics about the commodity listed, such as dosage or brand name.

The database was developed by the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception (ICEC) and the FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health, with the support of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.

Access EML Search here: http://www.cecinfo.org/emlsearch/

 

[1] Contraceptive implants, cycle beads, diaphragm, emergency contraceptive pills, female condom, Levonorgestrel Intrauterine System, magnesium sulfate, manual vacuum aspiration, mifepristone and misoprostol for medical abortion, misoprostol, oxytocin, pregnancy tests for family planning, and progesterone vaginal ring.

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