United Nations Population Fund

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.

We are the lead UN agency for delivering a world where:

…every pregnancy is wanted

…every childbirth is safe

…every young person's potential is fulfilled    

We are on the ground improving lives in about 150 countries that are home to 80 per cent of the world's population. In these countries, UNFPA is a catalyst for progress. Working with governments and through partnerships with other UN agencies, civil society and the private sector, we make a real difference in the lives of millions of people, especially those most vulnerable.

We are making real progress. Since UNFPA started working in 1969, the number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are smaller and healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.

But too many are still left behind. Nearly a billion people remain mired in extreme poverty. Reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. More than a hundred million girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices such as female genital mutilation or cutting.

Much more needs to be done to ensure a world in which all individuals can exercise their basic human rights, including those that relate to the most intimate and fundamental aspects of life.

UNFPA support to the Government of Swaziland is aligned to the Government /United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016 - 2020) and the 6th Government of Swaziland UNFPA Programme (2016 - 2020). Through partnerships with the Government of Swaziland, UN agencies, civil society and private sector partners, UNFPA thrives to make a positive change in the following outcome areas:

Outcome 1: Increased availability and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health services (including family planning, maternal health and HIV), that are gender-responsive and meet human right standards for quality of care and equity in access

Outcome 2: Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and reproductive health services.

Outcome 3: Advanced gender equality, women's and girls' empowerment, and reproductive rights, including for the most vulnerable and marginalized women, adolescents and youth.

Outcome 4: Strengthened national policies and international development agendas through integration of evidence-based analysis on population dynamics and their links to sustainable development, sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, HIV and gender equality.