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EU, UNFPA supports govt sexual reproductive health efforts

MBABANE (20 March 2012): The European Union, through the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is supporting the Government of Swaziland to scale up integrated HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in the country.

UN marks International Women's Day with focus on girl child

MBABANE (16 March 2012):
The key message to the Swazi girl child during this year's International Women's Day, was to encourage them to reach their full potential despite whatever challenges they face, including gender-based violence, limited access to education, and limited access to reproductive health. The message was sent out at two national events on the 8th and on the 16th March 2012.

SRH Policy finalization background and rationale

The Kingdom of Swaziland is finalizing the national Policy on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R). The goal of the SRH&R policy, whose development was initiated by the MoH in 2002 and then reviewed for finalization at the end of 2011 and early 2012, is to guide establishment of an evidence-based framework for the implementation of a well-coordinated and integrated sexual and reproductive health and rights programs in order to attain the highest level of health and well-being for all people of Swaziland.

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA 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 Operations in Swaziland

 The UNFPA programme of assistance to Swaziland started in 1974 in the area of data collection and analysis for the national centennial census. The programme expanded to include family planning programme support. Over the years, major activities have included national census and vital registration, research, policy formulation, institutional capacity building, infrastructure and advocacy.

The assistance of UNFPA to government is aligned to the government’s five-year development plan and the United Nations Development Framework. The current Programme of Assistance to the Government of Swaziland is the 4th Country Programme, covering the period 2006 through to 2010. The main two components of the Country Programme are Population and Development and Sexual Reproductive Health. Advocacy, Gender and HIV/AIDS prevention with special focus on the youth are mainstreamed in the two sub programmes.

The overall goal of the Country Programme is to contribute to an improved quality of life of the population and to reduce poverty by:

(a) strengthening reproductive health, gender equality and equity;

(b) HIV prevention especially among young people;

(c) improving data collection, management and use and;

(d) strengthening national capacity and building partnerships.