COPENHAGEN – UNFPA has launched a new web portal – Access RH – that equips countries with tools to improve reproductive health supply systems.
About 215 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are not using an effective method of contraception. A major roadblock to the unmet need for family planning is the shortage of contraceptive supply in low- and middle-income countries, often due to inadequate information.
The new website, www.myAccessRH.org, will help countries meet their reproductive health objectives and improve staff and financial resources. It is the first tool of its kind to enable ministries of health, organizations, technical assistance providers, advocacy groups, and donors to access critical information to make decisions on contraceptive orders and monitor current shipments.
“Our hope is that governments and NGOs seeking to procure reproductive health supplies can access the information they need for planning and budgeting purposes, whether they intend to conduct procurement on their own or via UNFPA,” said Eric Dupont, UNFPA’s Procurement Services Branch Chief.
Visitors to the web portal can access current and historical data on over USD 1.6 billion of contraceptive orders for more than 140 countries from funding sources as diverse as individual health ministries, International Planned Parenthood, UNFPA, and USAID.
The website also makes the UNFPA catalog and price list publicly available online for the first time so that countries can evaluate price information for their procurement planning. UNFPA product lead times, quality assurance policies, and manufacturer contact information are also featured.
The website has received extensive support from the European Union, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition.
“Investing in family planning and maternal health will result in fewer unintended pregnancies, fewer maternal and newborn deaths, healthier mothers and children, and a reduction in HIV transmissions,” Mr Dupont said.