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Making a Difference with Misoprostol: The Case of VSI

Tags: access, impact, maternal health, misoprostol, pph, pac, abortion

Since Nigeria became the first country in the world to register misoprostol, there has been an explosion in global interest around the medicine. VSI is proud to have contributed to this body of work with its unique approach and pioneering misoprostol program.

VSI Theory of Change

Tags: access, impact, maternal health, medicines

VSI’s Theory of Change offers a perspective on how effective, lasting change can occur for the health of women and girls, by forging institutional commitments, changing health policies and health system practices, and building evidence for distribution models that increase access for those in the most remote areas.

VSI Overview

Tags: availability, medicines, misoprostol, maternal-health, access

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

Tags: PPH, community level, operations research, misoprostol

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.

To read the interactive version, click here.

Registration Map

Global registration status of misoprostol for obstetric uses

Tags: misoprostol, registration, access

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.

Misoprostol Use in Postabortion Care: A Service Delivery Toolkit

Tags: abortion, misoprostol, toolkit, postabortion-care

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.

Click here to download the Toolkit in French. / La version française se trouve ici.

Click here to download the Toolkit in Portuguese. / Descarregar a versão em português aqui.

Contraceptive Pocket Guide

Tags: pac, contraception,

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

Tags: Misoprostol, IEC, training, community-based

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

Tags: US, strategic plan

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

Tags: Misoprostol

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.