Options Analysis for the Integration of Oxytocin the EPI Cold Chain in Mali 03-11-2016
The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children has been exploring strategies to increase access to quality oxytocin, including advocating for the integration of oxytocin in the existing cold chain for the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI). In most countries, EPI cold chains are highly effective in reaching even the lowest levels of the system. However, they are managed vertically, separately from other essential commodities.
One of the barriers to integrating other products in the EPI cold chain is the perception at the country level that this is not permitted. To address this perception, the UN Commission supported the development of a joint WHO and UNICEF statement, clarifying that countries may choose to integrate other products, specifically oxytocin, in the EPI cold chain to ensure access to quality products.
The main objective of this analysis is to work with national stakeholders to identify and analyze feasible and acceptable options for the integration of oxytocin in the EPI cold chain and to develop guidance on the operationalization of such integration.
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