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Since 2007, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has been supporting the strengthening and mainstreaming of reproductive health commodity security (RHCS) into the existing health system through the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS). The purpose is to provide special support to close gaps in reaching the targets set by the Health Sector Development Plan and the health MDGs.

 

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People living with HIV have the right to healthy, satisfying sex lives, and need both laws to protect this right and appropriate services to promote and ensure their sexual and reproductive health. Decision-makers and service providers must recognize that people living with HIV enter into relationships to have sex and to have children. Ensuring that they can do these things safely is key to maintaining their health, and that of their partners and families.

 

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With improved access to treatment for people living with HIV, many are now able to live longer. As a result, there is growing interest in overall quality of life issues. In many countries, attention is increasingly being drawn to the unique and often neglected needs of different sub-groups, including young people. This exploratory  qualitiative study sought to examine the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs, concerns and barriers to accessing related services for adolescents aged 10-19 years living with HIV in Zambia. It discusses findings and makes recommendations.

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This regional fact sheet accompanies the report Adding It Up: The Costs and Benefits of Investing in Family Planning and Maternal and Newborn Health and provides a more focused look at the benefits of investing in family planning and maternal and newborn health in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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The 2008 NDHS is a follow up to the 1990, 1999 and 2003 NDHS surveys and provides updated estimates of basic demographic and health indicators covered in the earlier surveys. 

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UNFPA is proposing a new approach to its global and regional programming to respond more effectively to General Assembly resolution 59/250 on the triennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system and to an aid environment that emphasises national ownership, accountability, good governance, harmonisation and management for results. 

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Parliamentarians have come a long way in tackling population issues. Since the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, they have passed laws and policies and approved budgets to implement the ICPD Programme of Action.This report is a first-ever attempt to chronicle the activities of parliamentarians worldwide to advance ICPD issues. 

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This 2007 assessment serves as a follow-up to previous assessments to gather information on the national stock status of all contraceptive commodities at the facility level in Nigeria, as well as to identify current commodity management practices throughout the system. The report documents the findings and recommendations of the study.

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