The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children aims to increase access to 13 commodities in 50 countries. As part of this global effort, the Population Council conducted a landscape analysis in Bangladesh to review policies, guidelines, availability, and use of these commodities. The landscaping exercise had two objectives: 1) to provide a comprehensive description of maternal and newborn health (MNH) commodity issues from policy to point of care; and 2) to engage stakeholders in rolling out the UN Commission recommendations. Based on its findings the analysis recommends: stronger advocacy with pharmaceutical companies to manufacture a single loading dose of magnesium sulphate solution; making essential drugs and commodities available in health centers where normal vaginal deliveries are planned and conducted; and formation of a forum to advocate access to, and use of, MNH drugs and commodities, among other initiatives.
"Assessing maternal and newborn health commodities in Bangladesh," Ending Eclampsia Research Brief. Washington, DC: Population Council, 2016.