Scaling up life-saving commodities for women, children, and newborns: An Advocacy Toolkit

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“Every year, millions of women and children die from preventable causes. These are not mere statistics. They are people with names and faces.” – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

About the Toolkit

Policymakers, development partners, program implementers, health professionals, private-sector leaders, civil society activists, and community members all have a critical role to play as advocates in ensuring improved and equitable access to life-saving commodities for women, children, and newborns. This toolkit provides information about the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children (the Commodities Commission), its 13 priority commodities, and examples of how its ten recommendations to improve access and availability are being applied globally and within countries. It also 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 implementation of the recommendations.