UNFPA is the lead United Nations entity for reproductive health and rights for all, working in 155 countries and territories.
UNFPA, the United Nations reproductive health and rights agency, expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives. UNFPA ensures women have access to family planning and safe birth services, and keeps girls free from harmful practices.
Zero maternal deaths
Zero unmet demands for family planning
The elimination of harmful practices against women and girls
distributed by UNFPA in 2016
and deliveries attended by 23,500 UNFPA-supported midwives between 2014 & 2016
pregnancies prevented by UNFPA between 2014 & 2016
Friends of UNFPA supports the following areas of UNFPA’s work:
UNFPA is the lead United Nations agency increasing access to family planning services. Through programs around the world, UNFPA empowers women to determine if and when to have children.
UNFPA strives to ensure every woman can deliver life safely without fear of losing her own. By working with governments, civil society, and other United Nations agencies, UNFPA provides emergency obstetric services, trains health professionals, and strengthens health systems.
UNFPA addresses the reproductive health needs that are often overlooked during humanitarian crises. During and after disasters, UNFPA deploys hygiene materials, contraception, and obstetric supplies, and trains health personnel to help vulnerable women and young people in crisis.
Obstetric fistula is a devastating childbirth injury caused by prolonged labor and lack of access to maternal health services. Through treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention UNFPA works to end obstetric fistula.
UNFPA works to end the practice of female genital mutilation, or FGM. Through a culturally sensitive approach, UNFPA educates communities and partners with local organizations to encourage abandonment of the practice.