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Every two minutes a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth around the globe. VSI is working to change this by connecting women with life-saving medicines and services. This document provides an overview of VSI's approach to access as well as key accomplishments improving product availability in developing countries.
Preventing Postpartum Hemorrhage at the Community Level
A Compendium of Operations Research
VSI in collaboration with local and international partner organizations conducted operations research (OR) across seven countries in Africa and Asia to determine the feasibility, acceptability, and program effectiveness of misoprostol use to prevent postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) at the community level. Developed for policy makers, stakeholders and researchers, the compendium includes an overview of the basic components of the OR model, country program summaries, and cross-cutting results and best practices to contribute to the growing evidence base on the community-level use of misoprostol to prevent PPH.
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Misoprostol Use in Postabortion Care: A Service Delivery Toolkit
This toolkit is designed to help district or national-level clinicians, facility managers or program managers initiate the use of misoprostol as a medical treatment for incomplete abortion or integrate misoprostol into existing postabortion care services.
Global registration status of misoprostol for obstetric uses
VSI's Global Misoprostol Map presents a snapshot of the current registration status of misoprostol worldwide. Registration is the process by which a drug is approved by a regulatory agency for importation, distribution and marketing for a specific medical indication after a thorough review of its effectiveness, safety and manufacturing process. It is a key strategy and critical first step to improving access to any drug or device.
Contraceptive Pocket Guide
A pocket reference for clinicians, this Contraceptive Pocket Guide details the contraceptive methods that can be used after postabortion care services both with misoprostol and manual vacuum aspiration (MVA).
Misoprostol Information, Education and Communication
Examples from the Field
A guide to assist program planners on developing information, education and communication (IEC) campaigns as part of a misoprostol program. The focus of the content and messaging is on misoprostol for the prevention and treatment of postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in Africa.
VSI Strategic Framework 2010-2013
A four year plan to bring effective & affordable health technologies to women in the developing world
Approved by the Board of Directors in July 2010, the enclosed resource sets outs VSI's vision and four year strategy to achieve its mission.
Strategies, Successes, & Challenges
Presented in 2010 at the "Expanding Access to Essential Maternal Health Commodities" conference in Washington DC, this powerpoint presentation highlights regulatory accomplishments to date and next steps for increasing access to misoprostol for women's health.
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- Botswana MOH and VSI partner to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity 2013.07.22
- VSI to support the Niger Ministry of Public Health to add misoprostol to maternal health strategies 2013.03.14