By Amy Grossman - Technical Advisor, Communications and Development
Tanzania mothers in rural Ulanga
On March 8th VSI celebrated International Women’s Day. We take this day each year to celebrate the women in our programs – the women we serve and the women that serve others. This year as a global community we recognized how far we have already come in improving the lives of women around the world, and yet there is still so much left to accomplish.
VSI is in the midst of a robust country assessment that takes a holistic approach to determine availability of misoprostol, with an eye towards making targeted improvements in Tanzania. For instance, in one component we are finalizing a report on a survey we conducted amongst 405 providers across three representative districts to gauge knowledge and use of misoprostol for women’s health. Preliminary results suggest that training is having the positive influence expected on awareness and use, but that training coverage is low and supplies of essential medicines such as misoprostol are spotty, nullifying the impact of training when supplies are not at hand. To have the intended affect at the community-level, we need to ensure essential medicines reach women in need. The women in this photo deserve it. This will increasingly be the focus of VSI’s work in the coming months.
When we save women’s lives, we strengthen entire communities, so walk this last mile with us. With your help we can celebrate women and equip healthcare providers who serve women in need.
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