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The Maputo Plan of Action for the Operationalisation of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Continental Policy Framework seeks to take thecontinent forward towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services in Africa by 2015. It is a short term plan for the period up to 2010 - recently extended to 2015 - built on these action areas: integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services into PHC, repositioning family planning, developing and promotingyouth-friendly services, unsafe abortion, quality safe motherhood, resource mobilisation, commodity security and monitoring and evaluation.

 

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Every year, the Population Secretariat in the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, in its State of the Population Report, publishes key population concerns that need to be addressed in Uganda's quest to improve the quality life of its people. The key objective of this report is to provide comprehensive information and data to stimulate broader and deeper thinking, and to contribute to the public debate about Uganda's future. The report reflects on the most important population and development challenges facing Ugandan society, and their causes and consequences.

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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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While Africa has generally made positive progress towards achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), performance has been mixed across indicators and countries. Recent food, fuel and financial crises, coupled with threats from climate change and instability in North Africa, are likely to affect the region's MDG achievement. Based on current trends, the continent's overall pace of progress is insufficient to achieve the goals by the target date of 2015.

 

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In response to increasing acknowledgement of the importance of engaging men and boys within gender equality and HIV work, Sonke was commissioned by the UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund, to carry out a desk review of HIV and AIDS National Strategic Plans (NSPs), analysing the extent to which they commit to working with men and boys for gender equality and in relation to HIV and AIDS.
 

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In October 2011, UNFPA, UNAIDS, SFH and a number of Namibian sex worker organizations conducted a series of rapid assessments on sex work and HIV in five towns in Namibia. The aims of the rapid assessment project were to engage sex workers in assessing barriers to HIV prevention and treatment and proposing relevant solutions in five towns in Namibia; to build the capacity of sex worker leaders and organizations at national and local levels; and to demonstrate good practice in community participation and empowerment approaches.

 

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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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Read this special pull-out supplement to the Mail & Guardian Newspaper of 28 October 2011 on a public debate on whether adolescents have the right to sex. Produced by the UNFPA South Africa Country Office and its South African partners National Youth Development Agency, Love Life, SANAC Women's Sector and Soul City.

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The health sector in Rwanda has made significant progress in recent years. Reproductive health, including family planning and maternal health, is a priority in the Ministry of Health Strategic Plan. The fight against maternal deaths is a concern in Rwanda and registers as one of Rwanda's MDG priorities.

 

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Following the conclusion of the project “Strengthening country office capacity to support sexual and reproductive health in the new aid environment”, a series of four country case studies was undertaken in Malawi, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Senegal and Tajikistan in early 2011.
 

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