Maternova is excited to follow the work of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children, which is chaired by President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg of Norway. "The Commission will advocate at the highest levels to build consensus around priority actions for increasing availability, affordability, accessibility and rational use of essential commodities for women’s and children’s health."
Maternova's foundational goal of improving maternal health though access to essential medicines and reliable technologies is well-aligned with the Commission's mission. We work daily with the issues of affordability and reliable distribution networks for the products we track and offer. The Commission notes that "some of the common barriers to access include the lack of affordable products, lack of formulations safe for children, weak supply chains, inadequate regulatory capacity at country level to protect people from sub-standard or counterfeit products that can cause harm, and lack of awareness of how, why and when to use these commodities."
Maternova's Innovation Index tracks innovative products, tools, protocols and medicines that have the potential to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes. The Commission has developed "An initial list of 13 essential, overlooked commodities in four categories (reproductive health, maternal health, newborn health, and child health) [which] will be considered by the Commission in order to understand the main barriers that prevent access to many medicines and health products." Maternova currently tracks five of the thirteen commodities- magnesium sulfate, oxtocin, misoprostol, chlorhexidine, and equipment for resuscitation for asphyxia. We highlight innovative ways to administer the medicines, like Aerosol Delivery of Oxytocin.
We look forward to the commission's research and subsequent recommendations and advocacy on the topics of affordability, accessibility and appropriate delivery methods for these essential commodities for maternal and neonatal health.
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