United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number – and rate – of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. The Organization supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
UNFPA promotes the right of all individuals to develop to their full potential. To exercise this right, all people, especially women, need access to information and services on reproductive health, including family planning and sexual health, to enable them to make informed and voluntary choices and decisions. UNFPA works in more than 150 countries and territories.
The work of UNFPA is based on the premise that all human beings are entitled to equal rights and protections, with focus on women and young people.
UNFPA in Sudan
UNFPA seeks to reduce maternal mortality by strengthening reproductive health services, addressing social factors affecting maternal health and gender equality and focusing on prevention of harmful traditional practices such as early marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. In addition UNFPA provides support to youth organizations and networks to enhance youth participation.
UNFPA programme focuses on women and young people, targeting the most needy population groups, including poor, rural communities, nomads, conflict-affected and internally displaced people, ex-combatants, and people who are at most risk of HIV infection. To that end, the programme seeks to improve the equity of access to basic services, which is a major aspect of peacebuilding and recovery.