Making it to the EML: a how-to guide

Making it to the EML: a how-to guide
Rubabatu Mahama, a widwife, addressing a group of pregnant women at a Reproductive and Child Health facility in Savelugu, Ghana, in May 2015 ©UNICEF/Quarmyne

 

 The maternal health exert group of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities has released a set of resources to support global and local medicine policy, and specifically, the inclusion of maternal essential commodities on Essential Medicines Lists (EMLs).  These include:

  •  Updating National EMLs: A Step-by-Step Advocacy Guideto provide national stakeholders with information and resources in updating the national EML for any health commodity.
  •  EML Search, a searchable database which identifies whether 13 reproductive health and maternal health commodities are included in national essential medicine lists.
  • To be added soon: Information packages on oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate, that can be used by countries to revise national EMLs. They include specific language for each commodity as it should appear in the EML and description of the evidence that supports the inclusion.

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