Despite consistent efforts of the government and national stakeholders, every year in Bangladesh over 5,000 mothers and thousands of children die. Most of these deaths would be preventable with increased access to quality services including existing medicines and other health commodities. The United Nation’s Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children suggests that an important cause of these deaths is lack of access and appropriate use of 13 life-saving commodities. This document describes an effort by the Population Council to assess the country’s policies, guidelines, and availability for these 13 life-saving commodities as well as engaging with key stakeholders to implement the UN Commission’s recommendations in conjunction with this assessment’s findings. This assessment validated the availability of the 13 commodities in three districts at district, subdistrict, and community levels, and within drug stores, in 15 government facilities and 27 private drug stores. Key stakeholders were consulted. A national workshop stimulated discussion, identified national priorities and information gaps, and identified areas requiring policy review. This stakeholder engagement helped identify opportunities for organizations’ contributions to implementing the recommendations.
Hossain, Sharif M.I., Saumya RamaRao, Ismat Ara Hena, and Ubaidur Rob. 2014. "Maternal health commodity landscaping exercise: A snapshot of the Bangladesh program," Final report. Dhaka: Population Council.