Expanding availability and access to life saving commodities: how did we do, three years on


A Lancet article reviewing progress against the recommendations of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities
Expanding availability and access to life saving commodities: how did we do, three years on
(Left-right) Nurse Fridah Musonda and another health worker speak with a patient and her infant at the Chimembe Rural Health Centre in Chimembe Village, Samfya District, Zambia, 2010. © UNICEF/Nesbitt

 

An article published in the April 2016 issue of The Lancet Global Health reviews progress in making life-saving commodities for women and children health more widely accessible for the period 2012-2015. The article, entitled  ‘The UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities 3 years on: global progress update and results of a multicountry assessment’ reviews global and country-level progress implementing the recommendations outlined in the report from the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities in 2012. While most of the targets laid out in the original UNCoLSC Report have been achieved, a substantial body of work remains. Coordinated global efforts will be required to enhance market shaping; secure price reductions; improve regulatory efficiency; enhance the quality and safety of medicines; and strengthen supply chains. Translating the latest evidence, tools, and best-practice materials developed through the UNCoLSC and related global initiatives to the country level will require robust and sustained technical assistance. The paper suggests that further harmonization and alignment RMNCH monitoring tools and systems is essential moving forward.

See The Lancet Global Health article here


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