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Contraceptives Reach Women in Rural Myanmar

July 12, 2017

Myanmar has the second-highest maternal mortality ratio among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. A significant decline in maternal mortality would be achieved if women could chose to give birth to fewer children. According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 16% of women in the country said that they want contraceptives but cannot access them. Functioning systems are needed to ensure that contraceptive supplies reach women who need them wherever they live.

In 2016, John Snow, Inc. worked with UNFPA and the Ministry of Health in Myanmar on the roll-out of the Reproductive Health Commodity Logistics System (RHC-LS). The RHC-LS brings together logistics management information and inventory control to standardize quantification, procurement, storage, and distribution, while strengthening management and coordination structures.

UNFPA-supported health facility assessment surveys showed that by the end of 2016, RHC-LS had expanded to 72 townships in six states and 4,128 basic health staff had been trained to use it. As a result, the percentage of health facilities with adequate stock increased from 4 to 39 percent in RHC-LS townships. The percentage of health facilities with stockouts decreased from 50 to 20 percent.

Having the logistics system in place means that women in rural areas can rely on health centers to meet their family planning needs consistently.

Learn more about the impact of RHC-LS.