UNFPA South Africa


Our rights. Our freedoms. Always Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin,
On the occasion of Human Rights Day 10 December 2015
Ending AIDS as a Public Health Threat by 2030: Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, for World AIDS Day
Statement of the Executive Director for International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
World Must End Violence against Women: Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
South Africa Country Office hosts Mr Björn Andersson, Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Director, UNFPA New York: 9th – 11th November 2015
The Country Office in South Africa had the wonderful opportunity to host Mr Björn Andersson, the UNFPA Chief of Staff in the Office of the Executive Director.
Maternal deaths fell 44 per cent since 1990 – UN
Report from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division highlights progress
Strengthening strategic partnerships: UNFPA and KwaZulu Natal government at the annual programme review and planning meeting
UN in South Africa turns Pretoria blue to mark its 70th anniversary
The United Nations in South Africa today took part in the global campaign to commemorate UN Day and the 70th anniversary of the organisation. 70 students from schools in Tshwane joined UN staff and members of the public dressed in the UN blue, took part in a peaceful walk from the UN offices to the(...)
Eastern Cape government and UNFPA recommit to a strategic partnership at the annual programme review and planning meeting
Planning is easy but plans mean nothing without implementation! This was the message that approximately 50 government officials, civil society partners and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) took home from an intensive 1 ½ day planning and review meeting held 20-21 October 2015. The(...)
The Power of the Adolescent Girl: Vision for 2030
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, on The International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October
International Day of Older Persons
What works to address gender-based violence in South Africa: discussions from the Critical Thinking Forum organized by UNFPA and Mail and Guardian?
It is widely acknowledged that South Africa’s rate of rape, as a particular form of gender- based violence (GBV) is one of the highest in the world.  According to the 2014 KPMG report “Too costly to ignore the economic impact of gender- based violence in South Africa”, GBV costs South(...)
Southern African Students and Youth Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights
Special Guest from the UK: Baroness Lindsay Northover, the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development of the UK graced us in South Africa
UNFPA was grateful to be part of the visit for Baroness Lindsay Northover, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, UK. The Baroness visited one of our partners, loveLife and the call centre on 25 November, 2014. The purpose of the visit was to provide an overview(...)
UNFPA is Strengthening Partnership with Academia: Wits University Demography and Population Studies Institute
UNFPA participated in the 2014 Population Studies Mini-Conference themed: Demography and Health Research at Wits on 21 November at the University of Witwatersrand.
2014 State of the World Population Report: Young people are the drivers of change!
Her Royal Highness Princess of Denmark discusses with the YAP on the situation of young people in SA!
On 5th November UNFPA hosted Her Royal Highness Princess Mary of Denmark. The Princess and the Danish delegation including the Danish Ambassador to South Africa, Rene' Dinesen engaged with UNFPA staff and the Youth Advisory Panel. This is the UNFPA youth constituency which is closely working with(...)
UNFPA and Partners strategize on moving the ICPD agenda beyond 2014 in South Africa
Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence
Message of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director, on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child
Executive Director’s Statement on the Occasion of the International Day of Older Persons
Youth Leaders Advocating for HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Rights in the Post 2015
South African young people will have the opportunity to present their advocacy messages for the inclusion of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) into the post-2015 agenda at a global scale.
Statement of UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin for World Humanitarian Day 2014
World Humanitarian Day is commemorated annually on 19 August
Dr. Esther Muia accredited as the UNFPA Representative in South Africa
On August 1, the UNFPA Country Representative Dr. Esther Muia presented her credentials as the UNFPA Country Representative to South Africa to the Deputy Minister (DM) of the Department for International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Mr. Luwellyn Landers.
International Youth Day, Statement of the Executive Director UNFPA
International Youth Day, 12 August 2014 "Mental Health Matters"
Young People in South Africa broadening their knowledge base while getting engaged!
From 15 July to 17 July 2014, UNFPA conducted a training workshop with 11 Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) Members as well as two youth leaders belonging to the African Youth and Adolescents Network (AfriYAN).
Reflections post 2014 World Population Day #WPD2014!
World Population Day in South Africa #WPD2014!
Accelerate Progress, Envision the Future - 3rd Partners' Forum for Maternal Newborn and Child Health
Partners' Forum on Maternal Newborn and Child Health: The Voices of Young People are Being Heard!
Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah of Jordan visits the Ethafeni Clinic in Tembisa
On Friday 27 June 2014, few days before the 3rd Forum for Partners on Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan visited the Ethafeni Clinic, in the Ekurhuleni Municipality.
Launch of The State of the World’s Midwifery Report 2014: A Universal Pathway - A Woman’s Right to Heath
On June 3 UNFPA launched The State of the World's Midwifery report 2014 edition report launched today by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners. The Report shed light on the important role of these healthcare professionals. The(...)
UNFPA South Africa For the Empowerment of Young Girls!
Celebrating 12th year's anniversary, Cell C, a South African leading mobile provider, invites government, private sectors, and agencies to participate in the largest South African corporate social investment event: Take a Girl Child to Work Day. This initiative is held every year on 29 May and this(...)
Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the International Day of Families: Families Matter for the Achievement of Development Goals
Statement delivered by UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin in occasion of the International Day of Families on 15 May 2014
International Day of the Midwife: Midwives as unsung, frontline heroes of women’s and children’s health
Statement from Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, The United Nations Population Fund and Frances Day-Stirk, President, International Confederation of Midwives
The International Day of the Midwife in South Africa
Today May 5, the world celebrates the International Day of the Midwife. UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin says "access to quality healthcare is a basic human right, and the world needs midwifes more than ever".
New UNFPA South Africa CO Representative Dr. Esther Muia meets the Hon. Minister of Health Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi
On 23 April 2014, UNFPA South Africa CO had the pleasure to meet its new Country Representative, Dr. Esther Muia.
CALL FOR PROPOSAL: Training Workshops For Traditional Leaders On Their Role In GBV Prevention And Promotion Of Gender Equality In The Eastern Cape And Free State Provinces
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) requires the services of a consultancy to provide training of Traditional Leaders on integration of gender based violence (GBV) prevention and human rights activities into the work of their traditional councils and facilitate development of community(...)
Reflecting on 20 years of democracy in South Africa: the Commission for Gender Equality hosts the National Gender Summit in Benoni
April 10 - More than 400 delegates from difference provinces in the country turned up at the National Gender Summit for celebrating gains and straitening on challenges to attaining gender equality.
From the Field: Visit to the Kwa Dukuza PHCC Clinic in the Ilembe District, KwaZulu-Natal
In 2003 the Kwa Dukuza PHCC Clinic in the Ilembe district in KwaZulu-Natal was opened to the public. Ms. P. Antony, now the operations manager, is proudly showing us around the health facility. Pregnant mothers, adults populate the many rooms and children are playing while waiting to be called in.
Provincial Government and UNFPA meet at the Provincial Coordination Forum in the Ugu District, Kwa-Zulu Natal
27 March 2014 - Following the National Coordination Forum held in February 2014 in Pretoria, more than 20 people including UNFPA, representatives from provincial government and NGOs gather at the Turton Community Health Centre in Umzumbe, Ugu District in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) for the UNFPA(...)
National Women's Consultation Forum: Equality for Women is Progress for All
08 March - On the International Women's Day, the Honourable Minister of Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities (DWCPD) Lulu Xingwana, key government partners, international organizations and civil society gather at the National Women's Consultation Forum to reflect on what(...)
Future directors showcase their films at the UNiTE Film Festival and Empowerment Workshop in Alexandra
1 March 2014 - On a rainy Saturday morning at the Yarona Community Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg, young people, representatives of government, civil society and international organizations, gathered for the Film Festival and Empowerment Workshop for the UNiTE to end violence against women(...)
UNFPA Supports the launch of Family Planning Campaign in South Africa
Over a thousand people turned up at the National Family Planning Launch in Tembisa, Johannesburg today. The launch is being spearheaded by the Department of Health and specifically the Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi in partnership with various civil society organisations and(...)
UNFPA and the Government of South Africa meet at the National Coordination Forum
UNFPA and the Government of South Africa met at the National Coordination Forum (NCF) for the fourth UNFPA country support programme 2013-2017 to the government of South Africa on 6 and 7 February 2014.
The Department of Health supported by UNFPA hosts National Policy Dialogue workshop on Midwifery Workforce in South Africa
The Department of Health with support from UNFPA hosted a national policy dialogue workshop on Midwifery in South Africa on 23 January 2014.
Madiba still missed!
It has been just over a month since former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away.
UNFPA Call for Implementing Partners for Gender Based Violence Programmes
Invitation for Proposals IFP UNFPA/2013-01: Gender Programme / GBV Call for Proposals United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Pretoria is requesting proposals from relevant local civil society organizations (including research and training firms, and non-governmental organizations), for(...)
UNFPA Meets Secretary General's Envoy for Youth
The United Nations Secretary General's Envoy on Youth, Mr. Ahmad Alhendawi , visited the United Nations  team in South Africa in early October.
Innovating for Girls’ Education Statement by the UNFPA Executive Director on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October 2013
More girls are in school today than ever before.  However, too many girls, especially the most marginalized, have never seen the inside of a classroom, or they go to school only sporadically, never getting the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to reach their full potential.  For(...)
Stakeholders visit GBV Programmes in the Free State
Representatives from UKAID, UNFPA, UNICEF and Save the Children visited the Free State Province last week to take a look at the variety of projects being funded by UKAid in that area.
South-South Exchange between South Africa and Ethiopia
Ukuthwala a once romanticized cultural practice by a girl and boy in love, who agree and arrange for the girl to be abducted to force parents consent for marriage is now being distorted by criminals in rural KwaZulu-Natal in particular in the Umzimkhulu and Bergville area of the province.
UNFPA at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa
UNFPA at the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Africa
Evidence based responses to sex work: a reflection on the South African National Consultation on Sex Work
54 people representing civil society organisations and government departments from across South Africa came together to learn about new developments in research and service delivery targeting sex workers.
UNFPA commemorates World Population Day in South Africa
UNFPA in South Africa commemorated World Population this year in two seperate provinces in the country. Partnering with national government, the official WPD event was held in Mafikeng in the North West Province. The second event was a provincial event held in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
UNFPA trains in comprehensive health planning
The UNFPA in collaboration with Futures Institute and the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health hosted a successful training workshop on the UN OneHealth Tool from 1-5 July 2013, in Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Working together for a safer South Africa for women and children
British Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development Lynne Featherstone paid a visit to South Africa this week  keen to hear more about the  Safer South Africa for Women and Children Programme - a Joint Programme of the Government of South Africa in partnership with(...)
New Action to end Violence Against Women
Violence against women in South Africa is a key challenge and important questions remain unanswered in the fight against gender based violence. In a bid to answer some of these questions, a new study is being conducted by the Department of Women, Children and People with Disabilities(...)
There are over 600 million girls in the world today, more than 500 million of them in developing countries. They are shaping humanity's present and future. The opportunities and choices girls have during adolescence will enable them to begin adulthood as empowered, active citizens.
UNFPA staffers wish Madiba well
UNFPA Staff members visited the Madiba hospital during lunch time to wish the former Statesman well. Staffers gathered at a wall outside the hospital where well wishers have been leaving the former president get well gifts since he first entered the hospital more than two weeks ago for a(...)
Deputy Executive Director, Kate Gilmore meets interns in her visit to South Africa
UNFPA Deputy Executive Director (DED), Kate Gilmore visited South Africa at the end of June to attend the 14th Board Meeting of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health being held in Johannesburg.While she was in the country, Ms Gilmore took some time out to meet with the(...)
Young women key to addressing Africa’s problems
"Young women are key to addressing Africa's problems". This was the message being delivered at the 1st annual ‘SAFAIDS Young Women Leadership Programme' graduation ceremony on the 13th of June 2013.
UNFPA staff celebrate Youth Day
UNFPA South Africa celebrated National Youth Day on the 17th June 2013. Despite it being a working holiday for the team, they took time out at lunch to come together to commemorate this most historic day in South Africa.
Youth contribute towards UNFPA
UNFPA South Africa has welcomed new additions to staff in South Africa. The three young people, employed as interns to assist with communications, gender and sexual and reproductive health rights programming .
Parliament and the U.N urged to work together
The UNFPA in South Africa hosted the Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa, Max Sisulu at an Occasional Seminar at their Regional offices in Johannesburg on the 23rd of May 2013. Mr Sisulu had been invited to speak about ‘South Africa and the Millennium Development Goals(...)
Invest in Family Planning for African Women
The 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) in Yokohama ended on the 3rd June with commitments made by all level of African leaders attending the conference. The conference was attended by leaders of 51 African Nations as well as representatives of international(...)
UNFPA Representative addresses CARMMA in meeting with Presidency
Dr. Julitta Onabanjo met with the Director General (DG)in the Presidency, Dr. Cassius Lubisi to hand over a CARMMA photo-book developed by UNFPA for the African Union High Level Event with the theme of "Reinforcing the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa" with Heads(...)
UNFPA Executive Director Statement on International Day to End Obstetric Fistula - 23 May 2013
An estimated 2 to 3 million women and girls in developing countries are living with obstetric fistula, a condition that has been virtually eliminated in industrialized nations. Obstetric fistula is preventable and in most cases treatable, and yet more than 50,000 new cases develop each(...)
Collaboration key to addressing MDG-5
In May the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development and Special Programmes hosted the first Provincial Coordination Forum on the UNFPA 4th Country Programme in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape. The forum was well attended by all key departments, namely the the Department of Health(...)
South Africa’s population rises
South Africa’s population has increased to 52, 98 million, according to the latest figures released by Stats SA’s. The 2013 mid-year estimate released on the 14th of April has females making up 51% of the population at 27, 16 million.
UNFPA Celebrates International Day of the Midwife
Joint Statement United Nations Population Fund and the International Confederation of Midwives 5 May 2013 Skilled midwives, with the equipment and support they need, can spell the difference between life and death for close to 300,000 women each year, and ten times that many infants.
Foreign Ambassadors visit local township Foundation doing work with child headed households
More than half a dozen foreign ambassadors make their way up the gravel driveway of the Ratang Bana (Love the children) Foundation in Alexandra, a local township in Johannesburg. The convey was in the township to visit the local foundation to observe the work being done with orphans and(...)
UNFPA Representative Meets High Level Government Delegation in the Eastern Cape
Dr Julitta Onabanjo UNFPA Country Representative for South Africa paid a courtesy visit to the MEC for Social Development & Special Programmes, and MEC for Health Eastern Cape Province on the 11-April 2013. As UNFPA starts a new cycle of cooperation (Country Program 2013-2017) with 3 of(...)
Building a safer South Africa for Women and children, and improve security and justice for women, girls and boys
South Africa is often called “A World in One Country” because of the contrast between its technologically advanced cities and informal settlements; an advanced economy rivalling that of the developed world co-existing with another that has only the most basic infrastructure; and(...)
UNFPA supports healthcare workers in Limpopo
UNFPA held a workshop on the 9th April in Bela Bela (Warmbaths) Limpopo. The Workshop was attended by various healthcare workers from Limpopo who had been engaged in the Irish Aid training in 2012.
Women and Girls in the Spotlight at Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights Summit in KwaZulu-Natal, Durban
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UNFPA marks 1,000-Day Milestone to the MDG 2015 Target Date
Signing of South Africa - United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework 2013-2017
The South African Government and United Nations Sign the Strategic Cooperation Framework (SCF) 2013-2017.
UNFPA South Africa hosts Global Senior Management Meeting in Cape Town
UNFPA South Africa hosts Global Senior Management Meeting in Cape Town
UNFPA and Irish AID work towards improving services for Family Planning
Elijah Maseko is a professional nurse at the Impungwe Hospital in Witbank. He has been working as a nurse for the past two decades and is still loving the work.
Kwa-Zulu Natal celebrates the launch of its Census Results
Since the launch of the preliminary results of the 2011 Census on October 2012, Stats SA has rolled out a number of dissemination events including provincial census launches. UNFPA was invited to be a part of the provincial launch in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Kwa-Zulu Natal is one of nine provinces in(...)
UNFPA Launches 2012 State of the World Population Report in Cape Town
UNFPA SA Representative Dr Julitta Onabanjo, Minister for Social Development Ms. Bathabile Dlamini, IPPF Director General, MrTewodros Melesse
UNFPA tackles the tough business of Gender Based Violence in South Africa
UNFPA is working on combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country as well as to strengthen sexual and reproductive health (SRH) service provision to citizens South Africa. In 2010/11 the South Africa Police Service said that more than 60 thousand cases of sexual assault were reported.In(...)
UNFPA Commemorates International Youth Day
Statement by Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin,Under Secretary General and Executive Director of UNFPA on International Youth Day, 12 August 2012
South Africa Launches the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality (CARMMA)
The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has once more demonstrated the country's commitment in improving health in South Africa. On 4 May 2012, he launched South Africa's new campaign, ‘Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality (CARMMA)' at Osindisweni Hospital, Verulam(...)
UNFPA/International Labour Organization Partnership
The Officer-in-Charge of the UNFPA South Africa Country Office, Dr. Benjamin O. Alli has tirelessly led efforts recently to explore possibilities of the UNFPA to partner up with other development partners, in order to develop and implement an integrated programmatic response that would contribute(...)
UNFPA in the Eastern Cape. The UNFPA Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Benjamin O. Alli participated in the strategic planning session organized by the DLGTA in Eastern Cape.
The UNFPA Officer-in-Charge, Dr. Benjamin O. Alli participated in the strategic planning session organized by the Department of Local government and Traditional Affairs at the Kennaway Hotel in East London on 16 and 17 February 2012.
UNFPA sharpens focus to improve progress towards MDGs
The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, is repositioning itself to provide better support to countries in implementing the ICPD agenda and achieving the MDGs, Bunmi Makinwa, Africa Regional Director, told the African Permanent Representatives based in New York last week.
South Africa welcomes baby number seven billion to the world
Refilwe Aaronica Mashitisa was born on 31 October at Mankweng Hospital in Limpopo. She got her special middle name, Aaronica, from the top physician in the country, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. Celebrating the symbolic birth of the World's 7 billionth baby in South Africa together with UNFPA, the(...)
Eastern Cape commemorates the 7 billion milestone
UNFPA Officer in Charge Dr Benjamin Alli gave a key note address during the Eastern Cape commemoration of the 7 billion campaign which was held in Bhisho Hospital on the 10th November 2011. In his speech he highlighted the birth of the 7 billionth baby as an opportunity, a challenge and a call for(...)
Trailblazing work on climate change to help most vulnerable
Innovative ‘out-of-the-box' approaches are needed to lessen the effects and adapt to climate change, and to promote the effective use of otherwise scarce resources. This is the view of the United Nations (UN) agencies in South Africa working on various climate change initiatives that seek to(...)
South Africa Launches New Strategic Plan to achieve four zeros
South Africa has committed to achieving 'four zeros' in the fight against HIV and AIDS, President Jacob Zuma announced. HIV prevalence has increased slightly and spiked for the older age group of pregnant women, the country heard at a World AIDS Day event in Port Elizabeth on 1 December.
Do adolescents have the right to sex
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(...)
Kwa-Zulu Natal commemorates the the 7th billion milestone
The reach of the 7 billion world population was commemorated in KwaZulu-Natal on 31 October 2011 at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital and King Edward Hospital.