This section documents evidence of interventions that have been shown to make a difference in the lives of the people they target. They are the outcome of collaborations between UNFPA and key partners at the country and regional levels.
Gender equality and reproductive rights
In the Amhara Region in northern Ethiopia, rates of child marriage are among the highest in the world. Half of all girls in the region are married before their fifteenth birthday. UNFPA and its partners started a programme to support married and unmarried adolescent girls in the rural Amhara Region in 2005. Read
UNFPA and UN Women collaborate in Cameroon
Cameroon — The creation of UN Women was a historic step for the United Nations but for UNFPA, it raised certain challenges. In Cameroon, the need for greater co-operation between UNFPA and UN Women led to a collaboration involving the Cameroonian Government that has strengthened the country’s agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment. This is the story of how the two agencies found a unified voice to the benefit of Cameroonian women. Read
Mozambique initiative improves girls' and women's sexual self-esteem
MAPUTO, Mozambique — Due to the interested generated by a successful UNFPA initiative to help inform girls and women in Mozambique of their sexual and reproductive health and rights, local organizations are set to replicate it. ‘Bancada Feminina’ (Female Stand), as the intervention is known, provides girls and women with a comfortable space to talk about their sexual and reproductive health problems and experiences, and to learn about their rights. Read
HIV and STI prevention
Providing Choice, Ensuring Services: UNFPA’s HIV work in East and Southern Africa
The good and promising practices that have been showcased in this brochure should prove an inspiration for improved programme implementation and results-based reporting in the areas that UNFPA programmes in, resulting in HIV prevention that contributes to the improved sexual and reproductive lives of women and young people, in particular. Read
Capacity Development Matters
This booklet is a practical guide on what capacity development is and how we are applying it in UNFPA. This presents good practices; 21 case studies furnished by UNFPA country offices have served to strengthen our evidence-base and pinpoint what capacity development means in national settings and how we can effectively adopt various approaches. The practices of a number of sub-Saharan countries are included in this booklet: Kenya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe. Read
Zimbabwe: Male Circumcision Policy Guidelines
In recent years there has been heightened interest in male circumcision and its role in HIV risk reduction, as observational studies have showed a lower HIV prevalence among countries with high male circumcision (MC) prevalence. This led to randomised controlled studies in Kenya, South Africa and Uganda, which confirmed up to 60 per cent HIV risk reduction among circumcised heterosexual men. Read
Sex work and HIV - reality on the ground: Rapid assessments in five towns in Namibia
Sex workers are a critical aspect of Namibia’s plans to tackle HIV and AIDS. However, up until 2011 little was known about their needs and challenges and nor were there national guidelines for effective, rights-based programming with sex workers. A series of rapid assessments on sex work and HIV was conducted by sex workers to identify common issues.
Best practices and lessons learned in humanitarian settings: Africa Region
This contains the good practices documentation on humanitarian settings in nine contexts from these countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritania, Zambia. These documents are available in English, French and Portuguese. Read
Sexual and reproductive health
Expanding access to reproductive health
When Mabvuto Zulu returned to Zambia after studying medicine in Cuba, he worked for three years as the only doctor in a remote rural hospital. The experience of seeing 60 to 100 patients per day, nearly all of them pregnant women, changed his career plans: he is now earning a specialization in obstetrics and gynaecology in the capital. Read
Madagascar: tripling contraceptive use rate in 10 years
MADAGASCAR — Madagascar is a striking success story of how to improve family planning and reproductive health despite facing severe difficulties. The use of modern contraception tripled over a ten-year period – from 9.7 per cent (1997) to 29.2 per cent (2008-09) – beating the government’s ambitious goal of a contraceptive use rate of 28 per cent by 2009. Eight lessons can be learned from this programme.