UNFPA Global Programme on Reproductive Health Commodity Security

GPRHCS is UNFPA’s flagship programme that helps countries build stronger health systems and widen access to a reliable supply of contraceptives and live-saving medicines for maternal health.

These supplies have the power to change lives – and to save them. Quality contraceptives, for example, empower couples to plan their families; basic, inexpensive medications keep women from bleeding to death during childbirth; and condoms protect people from HIV and sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancies.

GPRHCS improves lives

Between 2008 and 2013, contraceptives procured by UNFPA GPRHCS provided a potential 121 million ‘couple years of protection’ from pregnancy – a measure of the amount of protection provided by family planning services. In 2013 alone, GPRHCS support has helped some 43 million women in more than 46 countries receive access to modern contraceptives and reproductive health services.
Contraceptives provided averted an estimated:
  • 9.5 million unintended pregnancies
  • 27,300 maternal deaths
  • 1.1 million unsafe abortions

GPRHCS impact in 2013 

Among development actors, GPRHCS is the leading supplier of contraceptives. UNFPA GPRHCS funds accounted for 41 per cent of all aid shipments of reproductive health supplies in 2013. GPRHCS supported the procurement of about 33 per cent of all donated reproductive commodities.

How GPRHCS works 

Improved enabling environments

Supporting policies and strategies development, promoting coordination and partnerships, building political commitment.

Increased demand for reproductive health commodities

When people become aware of their needs and rights to access family planning services, demand for these services grows.

Improved efficiency for procurement and supply of reproductive health supplies 

Making procurement processes efficient and environmentally friendly, and delivering an appropriate mix of quality reproductive health supplies to countries based on their needs.

Improved access to quality reproductive health and family planning services 

Removing barriers to accessing quality reproductive health services for poor and marginalized women and girls.

Strengthened national capacity and systems 

Access is about going the last mile to reach the most in need individuals. This requires proper policies and functional logistics management systems.

Scaling up efforts

From 2008 to 2012, GPRHCS provided multi-year support to 12 priority countries and funded targeted initiatives in 34 countries. Additional support was also provided to countries affected by humanitarian crises.

These efforts increased access to, choice of, and use of modern contraceptives. They also enhanced the capacity of national health systems to manage these supplies and to provide family planning, maternal health and HIV-prevention services. Family planning is increasingly being prioritized at the highest levels of national policies, plans and programmes.

UNFPA GPRHCS is now intensifying its efforts. From 2013 to 2020, priority support is being provided to 46 countries grappling with high maternal death rates, low rates of contraceptive use and a growing unmet need for family planning. More than half of these countries are also contending with humanitarian crises.

Support to GPRHCS

GPRHCS is a proven mechanism that delivers results and represents a solid investment opportunity for those looking to contribute to the security of reproductive health commodity security as a centrepiece of sustainable development.

Since the fund was established in 2007, UNFPA GPRHCS has received donations from:

Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Commission, Finland, France, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Private (online), Spain, Spain-Cataluña, Sweden, United Kingdom

GRPCHS is structured as a thematic trust fund, a performance-based and flexible mechanism that provides donors the opportunity to target their commitment to a particular thematic priority, allows for pooled multi-year funding and ensures more timely and flexible use of resources to address specific country needs. 

A dedicated Steering Committee gives donors full oversight of the programme.

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