Girls in South Sudan, 2014. ©UNICEF/Ferouz

Girls in South Sudan, 2014. ©UNICEF/Ferouz


Mobilize country advocates to push the life-saving commodities agenda


Malawi advocacy organizations have enabled a policy change by which the 13 essential commodities are now on the country’s Essential Medicines List. In Uganda, advocates managed to undertake a revision of the procurement policy for newborn resuscitation devices, and members of Parliament decided to champion the introduction and use of life-saving commodities in the country. These come as a result of national advocacy strategies workshops, conducted in early 2014 by the Advocacy TRT of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities in Malawi, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Uganda, and followed up by a total of 250,000 in grants to support local organizations in implementing strategy activities.

The Advocacy TRT is  now supporting  advocacy strategies in four new countries: Ghana, Zambia, Uganda and Kenya. Grantees have received funding to carry out advocacy strategy activities through December 2015.


Facilitate cross-country learning


Country case studies targeting development partners, donors and the private sector are underway yo show the importance of advocacy and policy change to improve access to life-saving commodities.

Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns: an advocacy toolkit’ provides a variety of information and advocacy resources for stakeholders in EWEC countries, including details on global TRTs and national plans, guidance on engaging key stakeholders to implement the recommendations and plans, suggested advocacy actions at both global and national levels,  and messaging and communications tools.