SEMA, an organization committed to strengthening sexual reproductive health (SRH) markets, and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC), a global partnership dedicated to ensuring equitable access to reproductive health supplies, have embarked on a joint mission to remove market barriers curtailing access to SRH products for women and girls.
Through this partnership, SEMA and RHSC have committed to working together on improving the access and use of market data. This informs market decisions by key stakeholders such as country governments, donors, manufacturers, and technical partners. As part of this partnership, SEMA is making an investment in RHSC’s platform, known as the Family Planning Visibility Analytics Network. This investment will grant SEMA access to supply and financing data, complementing existing public and private market data. Together, RHSC and SEMA will utilize this data to assist in recognizing market access challenges and encouraging appropriate actions in the field.
The collaboration between SEMA and RHSC signals a significant development within the reproductive health supplies ecosystem, in addressing global product market issues and enhancing the respective and complementary objectives of both organizations.
SEMA’s Executive Director, Blair Hanewall, conveyed excitement about the new partnership, emphasizing that collaborative approaches would yield more effective and prompt outcomes.
“By working together, we can help identify market challenges and drive collective action to ensure barriers like quality, price, and supply do not get in the way of improving the lives of women and girls, communities, and local economies.”
The collaboration was also welcomed by Martyn Smith, the RHSC Director, who expressed his excitement about the increasing enthusiasm among members to work together in improving the SRH markets.
“Committed partnerships based on trust, goodwill, and a shared mission are crucially important when addressing market challenges in an increasingly complex ecosystem. We look forward to embarking on this promising and fruitful collaboration with SEMA.”
An estimated 218 million women who want to avoid pregnancy are still not using modern contraception. This is partly due to market challenges that restrict access and cause preventable deaths. Tragically, 810 women lose their lives daily due to complications arising from pregnancy, childbirth, and unsafe abortion. The partnership between SEMA and RHSC seeks to respond to these urgent challenges.