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Contraceptives reach rural women through pioneering system

August 1, 2017

JSI's collaboration with UNFPA and the Myanmar government to launch a reproductive health commodity logistics system has been highlighted by UNFPA in an article: Contraceptives reach rural women through pioneering system. The supply chain system electronically manages the procurement, storage, and inventory of reproductive health supplies at the township and village levels taking into account poor internet service. Family planning limits economic burden and the incidence of dangerous pregnancy-related complications by helping women avoid unintended pregnancies.

By the end of 2016, the system was expanded to 72 townships in six states. Over 4,000 health staff had been trained to use it. The system “gives us a lot of flexibility in distributing and sharing resources,” said Dr. Maung Maung Thein, the township medical officer in Hopong. “When there is need in one facility, we can easily identify surplus stock, and arrange for transfers.” By 2018, the system will cover the entire country.

This system enables township facilities to reallocate stock to where it is needed most, giving special attention to remote health facilities. Senior midwife Daw Kyu Kyu Thin said, “Field health staff spend much less time in tracking and entering the records. We can now do more mobile clinic visits.” The system has also improved the availability of all kinds of reproductive health medicines and supplies. “We consistently have enough stock of the [contraceptive] injection, as well as of other medicines for pregnant women and mothers, to bring with us,” she added.

Contraceptives can go a long way to improving women’s health and lifting their families out of poverty. Nan Aye Aye Lwin is a contraceptive user who’s story on how increased access improved her life can be read here.