Integrating Oxytocin into the EPI Vaccine Supply Chain

In order to maintain its potency for prevention and treatment of post-partum hemorrhage, oxytocin must be kept at 2-8°C throughout the supply chain. MSH was awarded an innovation grant to facilitate integration of oxytocin into the vaccines cold chain as a cost-effective solution to overcome weaknesses in cold chain infrastructure in LMICs. You will learn the approach used, and how we supported the ministry of health in Uganda to develop procedures and guidelines to integrate oxytocin into EPI refrigerators at district and health center levels, to standardize how oxytocin was managed and to minimize the risk to the integrity of the vaccine cold chain. We will talk about the lessons learned and based practices from our experience in Uganda and recommendations for taking this to scale.


  • Eric Jemera Nabuguzi, Principal Technical Advisor, RMNCAH, on the USAID/Uganda Health Supply Chain Program, Management Sciences for Health, based in Kampala Uganda
  • Jane Briggs, Senior Principal Technical Advisor MNCH, working on the USAID MTaPS project and other projects at Management Sciences for Health in Arlington
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