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Working with men and boys for the promotion of gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health is key to the attainment of substantive equality. This work acknowledges the ground-breaking contribution made by the women’s movement over many years, starting with ICPD and Beijing, to date. 

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The African Youth Charter provides a strategic framework for youth empowerment and development activities at the continental, regional and national levels across Africa. It addresses key issues affecting youth, including employment, sustainable livelihoods, education, skills development, health, youth participation, national youth policy, peace and security, law enforcement, youth in the Diaspora and youth with disabilities.

 

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The East and Southern African (ESA) Region of the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is host to 18 countries in which the HIV epidemic has been classified by UNAIDS as high burden, severe/hyper-endemic and concentrated endemic with geopolitical relevance. UNFPA is one of 11 co-sponsors of UNAIDS and a contributor to the UNAIDS Joint Programme on HIV, which up until 2011 has been implemented jointly by the co-sponsors of the Joint Programme, based on an agreed Unified Budget and Work plan (UBW).

 

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This publication on good practices and lessons learned are a collection of experiences of country offices in managing natural disasters. The experiences show how UNFPA guidelines in humanitarian situations have contributed to improving the ICPD (International Conference on Population and development) agenda. These experiences and practice make reference evidence-based tools, strategies, challenges and lessons learned in the course of life saving interventions in sexual and reproductive health and protection in different crisis settings in support of government efforts.
 

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The first ever State of the World’s Midwifery report is focused on 58 countries with high rates of maternal, foetal and  newborn mortality. Its content has been largely informed by responses to a detailed survey that was developed to collect new or updated data and information in six areas: the number and types of practising midwifery personnel, education, regulation, professional association, policies and external development assistance.

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This document presents UNFPA's Strategic Framework on Gender Mainstreaming and the Empowerment of Women. It reflect lessons learned from a 2008-2009 capacity assessment exercise, as well as the need for an increased focus on gender in the context of addressing the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development. The Framework outlines UNFPA's policy and programme priorities for the empowerment of women and girls and for incorporating a gender perspective across the organization's work.

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After more than a decade marked by a protracted civil war that saw the massive destruction of Sierra Leone’s socioeconomic infrastructure, the erosion of the national human resource base, and the breakdown of the entire system, the country has moved gradually through emergency, transition and to an active development phase.

 

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Maternal Death Review (MDR) is a key element for improving the quality of maternal health care services by focusing on the preventable causes of deaths and what could have been done to avert the death. MDR does more than count maternal deaths; it looks beyond the numbers to study the causes and avoidable factors behind each death, leading to actions to improve quality of care and address factors that could have contributed to the death based on the findings. Universal reporting of maternal death is an important element of health management information systems as long as it leads to the allocation of resources to address the gaps.

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This report provides overall guidance and a cohesive Fund-wide response for implementing the Reproductive Health and Rights elements of the UNFPA Strategic Plan 2008-2011. The framework builds on the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development,1994; the Millennium Summit, 2000, with its adoption of the Millennium Development Goals; the 2005 World Summit; and the addition, in 2007, of the goal of universal access to reproductive health to MDG 5, for improving maternal health.

 

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Sierra Leone has a population of about 5.7 million, with an annual growth rate of 1.8 per cent and a doubling time of only 37 years. The high proportion of youths in the population has set in motion a high growth inertia for the coming generation, even if the fertility rate were to slow down to a normal replacement level. This is reinforced by entrenched socio-cultural stereotypes that favour large family sizes. 

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