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In 2018, we at UNFPA set in motion a strategic effort, based on quality data, to achieve three zeros by 2030: zero unmet need for contraception; zero preventable maternal deaths; and zero gender-based violence and harmful practices. This report shows the impact our programmes have had on the lives of women and girls in 155 countries and territories in 2018.

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Fifty years ago, it was hard for women to obtain contraception and relatively easy to die giving birth. Many women were unable to decide whom and when to marry, and when or whether to have children.

A worldwide movement to give women real choices in life culminated in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where a consensus was reached about the links between women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and rights and sustainable development.

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Since January 2019, the Southern Africa region has been affected by severe flooding, with the rainy season starting in Malawi. Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall on 14 March, bringing torrential rainfall and winds to several provinces in Mozambique and with devastating effects for Beira city. Since 2018, Mozambique has been affected by acute food insecurity due to below average and erratic rainfall.   

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On 14 March, Tropical Cyclone Idai made landfall in Mozambique then crossed into Zimbabwe, leaving a wide path of destruction across Eastern Africa. UNFPA is working to rapidly deploy emergency reproductive health services and supplies and prevention and response to gender-based violence.

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Since January, the Southern Africa region has been severely affected by flooding, due to the rainy season starting in Malawi as well as tropical cyclone Idai making landfall on 14 March, bringing torrential rainfall and winds to several provinces in Mozambique and with devastating effects for Beira city.

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Looking back on our work in 2018, we made great strides in fulfilling our promise to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa (ESA).Through our evidence-based advocacy and strategic engagement with different partners and stakeholders, we contributed to transforming the policy environment in the region. Many countries in the ESA region introduced and revised progressive policies regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on HIV prevention, child marriage and comprehensive sexuality education.

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This Guidance Document has been developed to support Country Offices and their development partners in promoting and facilitating effective youth participation, youth engagement and youth
mainstreaming through country and regional programmes.

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The Regional Comprehensive Sexuality Education Resource Package for Out of School Young People was developed to age and developmentally relevant international standards as a comprehensive set of teaching and learning materials for flexible use in settings outside the formal classrooms of the education sector. Several countries of East and Southern Africa have adapted this regional set of materials for nationally endorsed implementation. 

 

 

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Model Law on Eradicating Child Marriage, and Protecting Children Already in Marriage constitutes a milestone in the efforts to end child marriage in Southern Africa. It provides guidance to parliamentarians, Ministries of Justice, policymakers, and other stakeholders in SADC Member States as they develop effective national laws to end child marriage and address inconsistencies in their current legal frameworks.

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ACMHM Newsletter_December 2018

A turning point for menstrual health management in Africa

The year 2018 was historic for menstrual health management (MHM) in Africa as it was the year when bold and action-oriented decisions were taken in an effort to address the numerous challenges faced by women, girls and other people who menstruate. Following its launch at the first East and Southern Africa Symposium on Menstrual Health Management, more than 400 practitioners in the field have signed to become members of the newly established African Coalition for Menstrual Health Management (ACMHM), with the aim of strengthening their voices and calls to address challenges in menstrual health.

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