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Harnessing Commercial Sector Resources to advance Reproductive Health Commodity Security: Not yet a success story

Joan Robertson, MBA, USAID, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC 20523-3600, 202 712 5313, jrobertson@usaid.gov

The shortfall between projections of existing sources of reproductive health commodities, including contraceptives, and projections of demand has drawn significant attention among donors and developing countries. The Supplies Coalition, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other private foundations, was established to "create a forum for collaboration and constructive dialogue" among bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs and commercial manufacturers to avert or minimize shortfalls in contraceptive and other reproductive health supplies. This paper describes the challenges and small successes realized to date in bringing together public sector donors, private foundations and commercial manufacturers to identify coordinated responses to supply shortfalls. It highlights specific country examples, notably from Eastern Europe and the countries of the Former Soviet Union, where efforts to foster public-private solutions to near term shortfalls of reproductive health commodities have led to mixed results. The paper makes specific recommendations for how bilateral, multilateral and private donors might more effectively harness the resources of the commercial sector to address impending shortfalls of essential reproductive health commodities. It also identifies key factors which may limit the potential role of the commercial sector in reproductive health.

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Keywords: Contraceptives, Public/Private Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Any relevant financial relationships? No

The Commercial Sector and Reproductive Health

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA