The availability of misoprostol is a key part of improving maternal health in low- and middle-income countries. In Senegal, where the drug is not widely available, pharmacies are one of the few places women can access it. STEP UP conducted a study to understand misoprostol knowledge and provision in these pharmacies. The Ministry of Health’s (MoH) commitment to training public providers and pharmacists on all products on the essential medicines list is a promising step toward bettering the health of women in Senegal. Marie Stopes International (MSI) Senegal continues to work to build the capacity of healthcare providers in the public sector, while both MSI Senegal and the Population Council remain committed to supporting the MoH to reduce levels of maternal mortality from postpartum hemorrhage and postabortion care.
Burke, Eva, E. Robinson, Nafissatou Diop, Kate Reiss, Katharine Footman, Maaike Van Min, Barbara Reichwein, and Ian Askew. 2016. "Senegal: The impact of a study on misoprostol use and knowledge among pharmacists." London: Marie Stopes International.
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