Workstreams

Carbon Financing workstream

A new carbon financing workstream within the MDA Working Group is supporting efforts by Coalition member BelieveGreen to develop a new approach for certifying the developmental impacts of family planning programs, and in particular, reductions in carbon emissions. By packaging these projected reductions for trade in voluntary carbon markets, revenues can then be generated to support family planning programs. Launched this year, workstream members are providing input into a formal methodology for certifying the sustainable developmental impacts of family planning programs.

Market Bookshelf

Market Bookshelf is a large and growing open-access collection of health market literature from around the globe. It was launched in May 2017 as a collaboration between the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI), through the Market Intelligence (MI) Workstream of the RHSC Market Development Approaches Working Group (MDAWG). Market Bookshelf is an easy-to-navigate website where health market knowledge is aggregated and disseminated, at no cost to the user. It contains a rich collection of articles, reports, tools, and presentations – all downloadable to the user with the click of a button. Market Bookshelf covers a broad range of health areas, including contraception, HIV/AIDS, immunization, malaria, maternal health, neonatal and child health, nutrition, tuberculosis and other communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases, as well. The knowledge platform is easily searchable and downloadable. Each document uploaded to Market Bookshelf is indexed by content area, health area, geography, document type, and year.  This website enables the proactive sharing of donor-funded data analyses and market knowledge. It helps to prevent duplication of research efforts and supports the community’s desire to disseminate and build on existing market-related research across health areas. Market Bookshelf ensures that project reports and findings can be accessed long after individual donor-funded projects end, and it functions as a ‘one-stop shop’ for a variety of stakeholders seeking market knowledge.

Innovative Financing for RH/FP Commodities

Improving Youth Access to Contraceptives through Markets

QuRHM program – Facilitating the availability of quality assured supplies

Since 2005, members of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), which includes major procurers for international programmes; public and private donors, governmental representatives, manufacturers and technical agencies, have been actively seeking to identify manufacturers of reproductive health medicines to provide products that meet international quality assurance criteria to national programmes worldwide. In October 2006, WHO launched its Prequalification Programme for Essential Reproductive Health Medicines. In the same month members of RHSC committed in principle, to procure products that are either; prequalified by WHO or approved by a stringent regulatory drug agency - the so called “Bonn consensus”

Read more about this workstream on the Concept Foundation website.

Facilitating public-private collaboration

It is generally understood that the State has a responsibility for ensuring the health of its people. The State often meets this obligation through a combination of the following: the provision of direct health services, health insurance coverage, or subsidized services and medicines. In many developed countries, the role of the public health system is complemented by recognized private sector organizations (social marketing groups, nongovernmental organizations, and commercial providers). However, in many developing countries the public sector is the dominant provider of health services, with non-public actors playing undervalued and sometimes marginal roles. Relationships between the public and private sectors are sometimes characterized by friction, mistrust, and mutual suspicion. This workstream aims to define and clarify the complementary roles of the public and non-public sectors in contributing to national efforts to improve sexual and reproductive health – thus improving collaboration between sectors. It is hoped that collaboration will lead to more efficient use of in-country resources, and, ultimately, expanded and improved service provision for the client.

The workstream:

  • supports the stewardship role of government in ensuring health of the whole population;
  • recognizes the significant role of the non-public sector in health service provision; and
  • seeks to promote enhanced cooperation and collaboration between the public and non-public sectors.

The primary activities under this workstream are the Total Market Initiative and developing data sources for advocacy of market development approaches.

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