Celebrate Solutions: 13 Commodities for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

By: Lindsay Menard-Freeman, Women Deliver

In 2012, the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health was formed to call attention to the need for increasing access to and use of critical medicines and health supplies in the countries where the most women, newborns, and children under five die each year. The Commission released a report which outlined a priority list of 13 reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) commodities that can prevent and treat many of the leading causes of death in these countries. Read more...

Partner Spotlight: Unsafe Abortion—The Preventable Public Health Crisis

By: Sharon L. Camp, President and CEO of The Guttmacher Institute

An estimated 40 million abortions took place in the developing world last year. Most of these procedures were clandestine and unsafe, taking a terrible toll on women’s lives. Every year, 47,000 women die from unsafe abortion and millions more are injured—some seriously and permanently. These deaths and injuries are almost entirely preventable. Read more...

Bayer and Donors Introduce Cheaper Prices for Contraceptives

Bayer, a German pharmaceutical company, has brokered a deal with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and other international donors to decrease the cost of implantable contraceptives for 27 million women in developing countries. Bayer plans to halve the price of Jadelle implants, which currently cost $18 US. These implants are matchstick-sized, plastic rods injected under the skin to release progestin, a birth-control hormone. Jadelle implants work for up to five years, and can be cut out if a woman wants to have children. The cumulative pregnancy rate at the end of five years is 1.1 per 100 Jadelle users.  Read more...


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