Launch of SEMA Reproductive Health
Shaping Equitable Market Access for Reproductive Health (SEMA Reproductive Health) is a new, innovative partnership designed to build healthier, more equitable, and more resilient SRH markets so that women, girls, and people everywhere can control their bodies and futures. The partnership involves countries, global organizations, and the private sector to align and strengthen market shaping efforts through three main activity areas:
Proactively monitoring SRH market health by aggregating datasets and building a holistic, unified view of user demand and current market supply across regions and sectors,
Identifying market barriers across geographies and co-designing strategic solutions tapping the unique strengths of existing networks and organizations in-country and globally, and
Supporting countries and global partners to finance and implement interventions by helping governments mobilize domestic funding, crowding in new players, and coordinating global investments to maximize impact.
In all its activities, SEMA aims to shift the power of market stewardship to countries by supporting country-led strategies through locally-based operations. SEMA was announced in July 2021 during the Generation Equality Forum in France, with country governments from Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Uganda; financial support from the Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE); and strategic partnership from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the United Kingdom (FCDO), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC).
The SEMA partnership will officially launch activities by the end of 2021, with operations based in Africa. Read more here!