UNFPA Supplies

Delivering reproductive health solutions globally

'UNFPA Supplies', formerly called 'UNFPA 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.

UNFPA Supplies improve lives

Overall, 700,000 lives may have been saved through the use of family planning methods provided by the Programme since its launch in 2008. These supplies also contributed to substantial cost savings for families and nations, allowing an estimated US$2.1 billion saving in direct health-care spending.

In 2014 alone, support from UNFPA Supplies has helped some 33 million women in more than 46 countries receive access to modern contraceptives and reproductive health services.

Contraceptives provided in 2014 had potential to avert an estimated:

  • 7.8 million unintended pregnancies
  • 24,000 maternal deaths
  • 138,000 child deaths
  • 2.8 million abortions

UNFPA Supplies choice

Among development actors, UNFPA supplies is one of the largest providers of contraceptives, and is committed to ensuring a choice of family planning methods and accurate information for women and adolescent girls.

UNFPA Supplies is pivotal to the achievement of the goal that the international community set in 2012 at the London Summit on Family Planning (FP2020) and provides an essential contribution to the Every Woman Every Child initiative.

How the 'UNFPA Supplies' programme 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.

Measurable results

UNFPA Supplies is particularly supporting 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.

Since 2007, UNFPA Supplies’ efforts have increased access to, choice of, and use of modern contraceptives. They have 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.

Support to 'UNFPA Supplies'

'UNFPA Supplies' 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 Supplies' 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, Winslow Foundation

'UNFPA Supplies' 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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