Thirteen commodities, ten ways to improve access and availability


Today PATH and other members of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities Advocacy Working Group launch Scaling Up Lifesaving Commodities for Women, Children, and Newborns: an advocacy toolkit. This toolkit provides information about the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (Commodities Commission), its 13 priority commodities, and outlines examples of how its ten recommendations to improve access and availability are being applied globally and within countries.

In 2012, the Commodities Commission 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. Specifically, the Commodities Commission released a report that 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. In spite of the strong evidence showing their impact in saving lives, too often the 13 commodities are out of the reach for those individuals who need them most.

The Commodities Commission report outlined ten bold and innovative recommendations to catalyze changes in the way the 13 commodities are produced, distributed, and used, estimating that the effective implementation of the recommendations would result in saving the lives of six million women, newborns, and children over five years.

The toolkit provides advocacy resources for utilizing the Commodities Commission platform to raise awareness and engage stakeholders in addressing commodity-related gaps in global and national plans, policies, and initiatives, as well as providing strategic input to advance the implementation of recommendations.