The Road from Istanbul to Addis and Beyond

Setting an agenda for reproductive health supplies

In May 2001, 130 stakeholders from around the world gathered in Istanbul,
Turkey, to discuss challenges related to shortages of reproductive health supplies
at the global and national levels.

The Istanbul meeting and the resulting declaration have become recognized as
the catalyst of the global reproductive health supplies movement and resulted
in numerous successes. Still, as the tenth anniversary of the Istanbul meeting
approaches, challenges remain, and a new agenda for action must be established
for the coming years.

This report is intended to follow the model of the Istanbul meeting by ensuring
that country voices and experiences play an even stronger role in the design
and implementation of the next stage of the reproductive health supplies effort.
The report’s objective is to inform stakeholders at all levels of representative
successes, challenges and opportunities for reproductive health supplies across a
diverse subset of national experiences. The country-led contributions informed
in part by this research will be a valuable foundation for activities that move the
reproductive health supplies agenda forward.

The findings and recommendations presented in this report are drawn directly
from surveys and interviews conducted in early 2011 with 53 stakeholders in
six focus countries: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mexico, Nigeria and Tanzania.
This research was supported by the Innovation Fund of the Reproductive
Health Supplies Coalition. For further details on the research process, please
see the methodology section at the end of the report.