In Malawi, local NGOs got 13 life-saving commodities
on Essential Medicines List
In Malawi, 15 non-governmental organizations that deal with reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) worked with UNFPA and other partners to successfully update the Malawi Essential Medicines List to increase access to resuscitation devices, antenatal corticosteroids, chlorhexidine, injectable contraceptives, and contraceptive implants. This change should also ensure accessibility / use at appropriate facility levels, thereby increasing commodity access for women and newborns who need lifesaving interventions.
When petitioning the Government in November 2014, the NGOs highlighted how the 13 life-saving commodities are an essential part of Malawi’s commitment to accelerate the reduction in maternal and children deaths. Malawi had not updated its EML since 2009, thereby making it difficult to procure, stock and distribute the 13 essential commodities.
This policy change comes as a result of a national advocacy strategy, led by Malawian organizations, and developed with the support of the Advocacy TRT.