Today, a woman walks to the store to find the shelf empty of bread, so she leaves with rice.
Tomorrow, she will walk to the clinic to find the shelf empty of her contraceptive, so she will leave empty-handed. Some stockouts can change the course of a person's life.
Finding a shelf empty of the right contraceptive is the same as finding no contraceptive at all. And because a womanâ€™s ability to plan her family affects the world around her, stockouts ripple through her loved ones, her community, her country. Thatâ€™s why this issue is more than just a supply chain failure, but a root cause of many other development challenges. People leaving clinics without the contraceptive supplies they need are not just leaving empty-handed. Theyâ€™re returning to a world that the empty shelf has made less secure.
In response, the Reproductive Health Supplies CoalitionÂ launchedÂ Take Stock, which mobilizes public health leaders, facilitates the development of a common language we can all use to talk about stockouts and gathers the commitments needed to spur real action. JoiningÂ Take StockÂ is to become a member of a dedicated team that realizes everyone has a role to play if we are to resolve this problem once and for all.
Join the Take Stock community and put an end to stockouts of reproductive health supplies. Share your insights. Report on the Universal Stockout Indicator. Learn about our partnersâ€™ experiences. Be inspired by Take Stock success stories. Connect to Take Stock and help us achieve the goal â€• #noemptyshelves