Health: Sexual and Reproductive Health

House of Lords written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries they have established efficient supply chains by using Coca-Cola’s or Unilever’s logistics models for delivering family planning and other sexual and reproductive health commodities.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries they have encouraged governments to establish efficient reproductive health supply chains by using Coca-Cola’s or Unilever’s logistics models.

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with Coca-Cola and Unilever about those companies’ corporate philanthropic responsibilities and universal access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

DfID works with Coca-Cola and Unilever in a range of areas, including in health, nutrition and girls’ education. This includes emerging work using Coca-Cola distribution models and systems for health commodities. For example, in Mozambique DfID is supporting a partnership between the Ministry of Health, the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Coca-Cola to improve the performance of the public health supply chain (including essential medicines and family planning commodities) from provincial to district levels and selected health centres in six provinces in Mozambique.

DfID is also undertaking other work to strengthen supply chains for sexual and reproductive health commodities. This includes £100m support to the United Nations Population Fund’s Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS) between 2008-13. The GPRHCS is supporting national governments to take responsibility for ensuring greater access to, and availability of, essential supplies including contraceptives. In its second phase, GPRHCS is building on progress to date and will be supporting national governments to work with the private sector towards a “total market approach” with the aim of harnessing each sector’s comparative advantage.

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