Rwanda’s Ministry of Health offers real leadership, and is an inspiration to other governments aiming to resolve stockouts of reproductive health supplies.

In 2004, Rwanda reported stockout rates of:

  • 33% for oral contraceptive pills
  • 21% for injectables
  • 37% for implants
  • 61% for male condoms

By 2011, the Rwandan Government and its partners decreased stockout rates to:

  • 1% for oral contraceptives
  • 2% for injectables
  • 3% for implants
  • 3% for male condoms

If Rwanda were to replicate its success in reducing stockouts today, it would result in:

  • 43 maternal deaths averted
  • 543 infant deaths averted
  • 21,111 induced abortions averted
  • 37,570 unintended pregnancies averted

Now imagine the impact we could have on a global level …

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