The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) and its Maternal Health Supplies Caucus

By Amy Metzger | 23 Jan, 2015

The Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) is a global partnership of public, private, and non-governmental organizations dedicated to ensuring that all people in low- and middle-income countries can access and use affordable, high-quality supplies to ensure their better reproductive health. The Coalition brings together diverse agencies and groups with critical roles in providing contraceptives and other reproductive health supplies. These include multilateral and bilateral organizations, private foundations, governments, civil society, and private-sector representatives.

In the last decade, the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition has served the community as a visionary and convener, supporting partners in the fight for contraceptive security where it’s most needed. The Coalition looks ahead to the next ten years, ready to offer clearer leadership on key issues that shape the future of supplies.

Through its new work plan, the Coalition will undertake a series of focused initiatives to achieve more direct results in three critical areas—Market Shaping, Reducing Stockouts, and Fulfilling Commitments to family planning commodity security—harnessing the strengths and resources of our diverse membership in a new, and even more productive, manner. By drawing on the wide range of expertise within the Coalition, the Secretariat will ensure that members and structures contribute actively to these three initiatives.Learn more about the RHSC and how to join at

The Maternal Health Supplies MHS Caucus functions as an intermediary within the Coalition – Caucus members belong to both the Caucus and at least one of the Coalition’s Working Groups. This dual membership allows Caucus members to encourage Working Group discussions and activities that align with the Caucus’ goal and purpose, as outlined below.The purpose of the group is to provide a forum for the maternal health and family planning communities to come together, forge a common language for understanding maternal health supply-related challenges, and draw on existing approaches to address the bottlenecks undermining commodity security across health systems.

Raise awareness of MHS security issues within the broader maternal health community and Coalition membership
Respond to knowledge gaps around MHS
Utilize Coalition experiences, resources, and tools

The group focuses its activities on a limited number of essential MHS: magnesium sulfate, misoprostol, and oxytocin. This will allow for optimal alignment with partners who are focusing on the same commodities, such as the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.

Priority activities include:
Contribute to the implementation of the recommendations issued by the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children.
Increase the Coalition’s engagement with the maternal health community, and the membership of maternal health organizations and representatives within the Coalition.

Work with Coalition member organizations to build the evidence base for MHS through activities such as: a review of national markets and procurement environments; collecting data on global MHS procurement; and adding MHS to tracking tools such as UNFPA’s annual report on donor support for contraceptives and condoms.

Adapt and utilize existing tools and resources, including AccessRH, RHInterchange, and the Pledge Guarantee for Health, to support better forecasting, management, and market dynamics for MHS.

Provide targeted financial support for MHS activities within the Coalition, building on the lessons of the Innovation Fund.

MHS Chair: Beth Yeager
SIAPS principal technical advisor for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH)
Management Sciences for Health
Arlington, Virginia

MHS Secretariat contact:Milka Dinev
Regional Advisor for the LAC Forum and MHS Caucus
Email: mdinev(at)
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