Ensuring that people worldwide can access and use reproductive health supplies
PATH’s office in Brussels, Belgium, is the international headquarters of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC). The RHSC is a global partnership of public, private, and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to ensuring that people in low- and middle-income countries can access and use affordable, high-quality reproductive health supplies.
PATH has supported the coalition since its creation in 2004. Funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation allowed us to establish a full-time secretariat in 2006 and open an office in Brussels. At the time, PATH also hosted a Brussels-based office for the Global Campaign for Microbicides, which worked to accelerate access to new HIV prevention options until its close in 2009.
Today, our Belgium-based RHSC staff, together with staff in China, Peru, Senegal, and the United States, draw on PATH’s experience and reputation as a trusted global convener to administer and coordinate the day-to-day operations of the RHSC.
Our work in Belgium
Reproductive health: Meaningful access to reproductive health supplies—from male and female condoms to drugs that protect women during childbirth—includes many factors. Supplies must actually reach the people who need them. They must be affordable and of consistent and trusted quality. And there must be enough options available to meet the diverse needs of users.
The coalition combines the strengths of more than 360 members to achieve these goals. It has opened new doors for procurement, helped successfully introduce new products into local and global markets, and attracted tens of millions of dollars to support reproductive health commodity security. In addition, the coalition’s Take Stock initiative is bringing the global community together to help end gaps in supply availability (“stockouts”)—ensuring that supplies are available where and when people need them.
Through these efforts and others, PATH and other coalition partners are empowering women and men around the world with the reproductive health supplies they need to build a healthier future for themselves and their families.
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