MSH Presents on Access to Quality Medicines and Supplies at Maternal and Newborn Health Conference in Bangladesh

Medicines and supplies that can prevent and treat leading causes of maternal and child morbidity and mortality are widely known, yet millions of pregnant women and newborns cannot access these medicines and supplies when they need them most.

USAID’s Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) Program, led by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), presented on systems for improving drug management at this year’s Asia Regional Meeting on Interventions for Impact in Essential Obstetric and Newborn Care. Held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from May 4-6, 2012, the three-day meeting focuses on postpartum hemorrhage, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, special care for newborns; the conference also highlights innovations, interventions and scale-up of maternal and newborn health.

The SIAPS program presented how to ensure access to quality medicines and supplies, specifically through selection, procurement, distribution and proper use, on May 4 during the afternoon Drugs and Commodities session. The slides of the presentation, “Pharmaceutical Management for Maternal Health: Assuring access to quality medicines and supplies,” are available online.

SIAPS aims to assure the availability of quality medicines and supplies and effective pharmaceutical services to reduce maternal and child mortality through increasing global awareness of the importance of good pharmaceutical management in coordination with other USAID partners as well as through regional and country-level partnerships and initiatives. SIAPS will achieve results by developing and implementing systems-strengthening approaches including increasing and enhancing country capacity to manage supplies of maternal and child health pharmaceuticals and services, increasing the availability and use of information for decision-making, and improving the availability and use of pharmaceutical services for maternal and child health.

For more information on the conference, visit: www.mchip.net/dhaka2012

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