UNFPA The Gambia

UNFPA The Gambia

Date: 23/11/2013

UNFPA 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 expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

UNFPA has been working with the Government of The Gambia since 1972 to achieve universal access to reproductive health, to realize gender equality and women’s empowerment and to help monitor, analyze and respond to rapidly changing population trends. It is the leading Agency in The Gambia for support to population, reproductive health and gender policies. UNFPA provides assistance focusing on: (1) improvement of reproductive health and universal family planning services on the basis of individual choice; and, (2) formulation of population policies in support of efforts towards sustained and sustainable development.

UNFPA is an advocate for the goals of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) including: (1) Better health for all, but especially for women and girl children; (2) Education for all, but especially for women and girl children; (3) Women’s empowerment and gender equity; (4) International consensus on population and sustainable development; and, (5) Early stabilization of world population.

UNFPA is currently implementing the 7th Country Programme with The Government of The Gambia which runs from 2012-2016.

The current Country Programme Outputs have been aligned to the following 4 outputs of the new UNFPA Strategic Plan 2014-17:

Output 1: Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services

Output 2: Increased national capacity to strengthen enabling environments, increase demand forand supply of modern contraceptives and improve quality family planning services that are free of coercion, discrimination and violence

Output 10: Increased capacity to prevent gender-based violence and harmful practices and enable the delivery of multi-sectoral services, including in humanitarian settings

Output 13: Increased availability of evidence through cutting-edge in-depth analysis on population dynamics, sexual and reproductive health, HIV and their linkages to poverty eradication and sustainable development