Reproductive and maternal health
A focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) directly benefits the mother and her newborn child, but it also strengthens families and communities. Family planning allows women to space their pregnancies, and can delay pregnancy in younger women, who often face an increased risk of complications. Despite the increase in contraceptive use over the past thirty years, many women in all regions still do not have access to modern contraceptive methods. For example, in sub-Saharan Africa, one in four women who wish to delay or stop childbearing does not use any family planning method. Besides increasing access to contraceptives, ensuring safe pregnancies and childbirth is critical, as maternal deaths are the second biggest killer of women of reproductive age. Almost all (94%) of the approximate 287,000 maternal deaths every year occur in low- and middle-income countries (WHO, 2020).
As part of our commitment to improving maternal and child health, IDA is committed to supplying products identified as having the potential to save women and children’s lives. Many of these items have been in IDA’s range for years, and it is critical that these high-impact products continue to receive extra attention.
Multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS)MMS (supplied by Kirk Humanitarian) are the current standard for pregnant women in high-income countries, and contain fifteen vitamins and minerals, including iron-folic acid, that support good health for the mothers, improved birth outcomes and better cognitive development and physical growth of unborn children.
Heath-stable carbetocin (HSC)HSC (supplied by Ferring Pharmaceuticals) can be used as an alternative for oxytocin after labour to help uterine contraction and thereby preventing the occurrence of post-partum hemorrhage (PPH). For more information about HSC please read this news item in our blog.
Female hygiene productsAccess to menstrual products is key to improving menstrual health and hygiene, however millions of women and adolescent girls worldwide can’t afford these products. IDA offers the Anandi sanitary pad; developed in India, and the country's first and only Government of India lab certified (ISO 17088) sanitary pad that is almost ~100% compostable and biodegradable.
Other RMNCH commoditiesBreastfeeding not only provides good nutrition, but it also plays an important role in food security and reducing inequalities by improving child development. IDA has added two breastfeeding related products to its portfolio ;a feeding cup - supporting newborns with breastfeeding difficulties, and a manual breast pump - allowing mothers more options in their breastfeeding routines.
In addition to these products and the above-mentioned commodities, IDA offers hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices (IUDs), female and male condoms, iron-folic acid, Clean Delivery Kits, Diarrhoea Kits and child nutrition products.