Monitoring access to UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities in Uganda

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Everyday 800 women worldwide will die due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth that could be prevented by  proper health services and 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries.

Inequitable access to life-saving medicines and health supplies is highlighted as a major challenge to save these lives. This study conducted in September 2014 and funded by USAID - Advocacy for Better Health assessed the status of access (availability, stock out rate and prices) to lifesaving commodities in Uganda.

The study used a cross-sectional design with quantitative methods utilising semi-structured questionnaire adapted from the standardized WHO/HAI Medicine Prices Monitoring Tool. There were 114 facilities visited for the survey including 37 public facilities (18 urban and 19 rural), 41 private facilities (32 urban and 9 rural) and 36 mission facilities (18 urban and 18 rural).