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Our Mandate

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the UN's reproductive health agency dealing with population issues and it is responsible for expanding the possibilities for women and young people to lead a healthy sexual and reproductive life. UNFPA works to accelerate universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including voluntary family planning and safe motherhood; and seeks the realization of rights and opportunities for young people.

UNFPA is present in more than 150 countries, improving people's lives as a catalyst for action and advocacy of their issues. Acting through alliances and partnerships with governments, other UN agencies, civil society and the private sector, UNFPA makes a positive difference for billions of people, especially those most in need.

UNFPA also helps countries use population data to anticipate future challenges; offers technical assistance that strengthens and empowers its partners; supports policy formulation and national capacity-building, ensuring that reproductive health and the rights of women and young people remain central issues in the development agenda.

UNFPA is making progress - fewer women are dying during childbirth, more unwanted pregnancies are being avoided, and younger women are having their opportunities expanded. But it is necessary to expand these efforts so that we can reach a healthy and fair world.

UNFPA - Creating a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.


UNFPA in Mozambique

The Program is part of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2017-2020, prepared with the Government of Mozambique, in dialogue with civil society and development partners in articulation with the national poverty reduction strategy, with the purpose achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The overall objective is to reduce poverty and disparities in order to improve the lives of the most disadvantaged people in Mozambique. To achieve this, the results are formulated in four areas of focus in which the United Nations has a comparative advantage: Governance, Social, and Demand for Services, and Economy.

In each focus area, UNFPA contributes to its mandate with specific outputs that complement contributions from other organizations:

Governance: UNFPA contributes three programs in the area of governance through integrated support to three program areas: population and development, reproductive health and gender rights and: (a) increased political support for legislation and policy for the realization of rights of young person and women. UNFPA will strengthen the Assembly of the Republic groups on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS and youth. UNFPA will enhance the capacity of media and civil society groups to promote human rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health and gender issues of the general public; (b) increasing the effectiveness of national systems for gender mainstreaming. UNFPA will strengthen national institutions to mainstream gender into policies and programs and support mechanisms to respond to gender-based violence through technical assistance and training of different stakeholders; and (c) improved availability, analysis and use of disaggregated data for development planning, particularly to reduce disparities at the district level. UNFPA will strengthen the availability of demographic data through the adoption of integrated statistical information management and will support thematic studies on population and development based on the 2017 Census and other surveys. The focus of these strategies is to reduce disparities and strengthen cross-cutting issues, including HIV, at provincial and district levels.

Social: UNFPA contributes to four social welfare programs aligned with major national plans and strategies, the integrated national plan to achieve the Millennium Development Goals four and five, the family planning strategy and the national HIV prevention strategy. Two products relate to access to services: (a) improvement in the political and social environment for sexual and reproductive health, including HIV prevention; UNFPA will support political dialogue, the involvement of civil society and the creation of partnerships. It will advocate sustainable funding for health, support for data collection on sexual and reproductive health and quality assurance, especially on contraceptive prevalence, teenage pregnancy, and maternal mortality. UNFPA will contribute to the development of the communication strategy for family planning and the national fistula program; (b) increased access to integrated primary and gender-sensitive sexual and reproductive health services for a transfer to health facilities. UNFPA will contribute to improving sexual and reproductive health services by supporting the safety of reproductive health commodities by focusing on the logistics system to ensure availability of supplies and provision of contraceptives by training health personnel in essential obstetric care and emergency and family planning services. Attention will be given to strengthening linkages with HIV and improving the quality of supervision, monitoring, and evaluation. UNFPA will also support integrated services for survivors of gender-based violence.

Demand for Services: Two products are related to the demand for services: (c) increased demand and participation in quality sexual and reproductive health services, with a focus on family planning at the community level. UNFPA contributes to increased institutional deliveries by supporting community health councils to strengthen linkages between health units and communities and contributing to the increased prevalence of family planning directed at young women and through the involvement of men and community leaders and the strengthening of women's and youth organizations at the provincial and district levels; (d) reducing the vulnerability and risk of girls and young people living with HIV infection. This result will be achieved through support for community-driven sociocultural change and healthy behavior. UNFPA will in particular support increased pilot intervention in community-based participatory planning. The approach is targeted at addressing sensitive areas such as condom use, early marriage, and gender-based violence.

Economy: UNFPA contributes three commodities from the economic area through integrated support to three program areas: population and development, reproductive health and gender rights and equality: (a) enhancing women's empowerment in rural areas. UNFPA complements the work of other United Nations organizations and non-governmental women's organizations by improving awareness of human rights in rural communities and strengthening the organizational capacities of rural associations that contribute to women's access to land and microfinance; (b) income generation included in the multisectoral approach for young people. In the context of UNFPA support to strengthen the national adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention program, the life skills package offered, namely, knowledge on health, communication, and leadership skills will be expanded to include the income-generating component in order to increase empowerment and facilitate behavior change. This will be achieved by linking youth associations with national initiatives to improve youth access to the labor market led by ILO and UNIDO; (c) contingency plans for gender-sensitive emergencies. UNFPA will contribute to the design and implementation of the national disaster strategy, strengthen disaster management committees to address gender-specific needs, support the continuity of sexual and reproductive health services in emergencies, and the availability of kits for safe delivery.