UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s goal is to achieve universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) including family planning, realize Reproductive Rights and reduce Maternal Mortality. Its mandate is guided by the Programme of Action adopted at the International Conference on Population and Development and the Millennium Development Goals.
UNFPA cooperation in Nepal began in 1971, and has evolved in response to the changing national context. Since the beginning, UNFPA has been working in close collaboration with the Government of Nepal in the areas of Population Dynamics, Gender Equality, Reproductive Rights, Maternal Health and Family Planning.
The major contribution has been in strengthening of national systems through among others development of policies, strategies, guidelines and protocols; equipment and supplies; capacity building and quality improvement in the health sector.
The current Seventh Country Programme (2013-2017) is aligned with Government’s current National Health Sector strategies and plans and with the UN Development Assistance Framework (2013-2017).
UNFPA has been closely working with the Ministry of Health and Population at the national level, and under the current programme works in 18 districts in close partnership with District Development Committees and District/Public Health Offices in the areas of reproductive health and rights, gender equality, women empowerment and population dynamics.
UNFPA Nepal’s current focus in RH includes: i. Expanding and improving maternal health services including RH morbidities; ii. Increasing access and utilization of voluntary family planning; iii. Increasing young people’s access to quality SRH services and; iv. Humanitarian preparedness and response related to SRH and Gender-based Violence.
UNFPA also advocates for gender equality and reproductive rights and supported the development of protocols relating to health response to Gender Based Violence. The programme on population dynamics focuses on increasing availability of evidence for policies and planning through in-depth analysis on population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, and their linkages to poverty eradication and sustainable development.