UNFPA Bhutan

While Bhutan has enjoyed robust economic growth, poverty reduction remains a priority. Serious challenges to the constitutional commitment to universal health care exist, from rising costs to poor knowledge of reproductive health, especially among young people. UNFPA has supported the integration of family planning in the health care system since it began operating in Bhutan in 1974. Today, under an expanded programme addressing overall population and development, it helps deliver comprehensive reproductive health care services, including for adolescents, and advocates for incorporating gender equality into key development frameworks.

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Key results of Bhutan in 2020 View more

Adolescent health competencies

Adolescent health competencies were included in curricula of health professionals

Census sample availability

A representative sample of census data was released within 12 months of launching the main census report

Rapid assessments in crises

During a humanitarian crisis, rapid assessments of affected populations were conducted

Minimum Initial Services Package

50
Health service providers and managers were trained on the minimum initial service package

Life skills programmes for girls

5,750
Marginalized girls were reached with health, social and economic asset-building programmes

Advocacy platforms against harmful social norms

42
Communities developed advocacy platforms to eliminate discriminatory gender and sociocultural norms which affect women and girls

Community declarations on harmful practices

92
Communities made public declarations to eliminate harmful practices, with support from UNFPA, including child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Essential services for gender-based violence survivors

555
Women and girls who were subjected to violence have accessed the essential services package
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Programme Activities

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    Bhutan 2020 Programme Activities data

    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    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 rights standards for quality of care and equity in access
    Total Spending:
    $608,784
    Implemented by:
    GOV $526,523 (86%)
    UNFPA $82,261 (14%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (71)
    Non-core Resources (29)
    Integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health services
    Total Spending:
    $608,029
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $81507 (13%)
    GOV $526523 (87%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (71)
    Non-core Resources (29)
    Sexual and reproductive health Policies
    Increased national capacity to deliver integrated sexual and reproductive health policies
    Total Spending:
    $754
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $754 (100%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (100)
    Adolescents and youth
    Increased priority on adolescents, especially on very young adolescent girls, in national development policies and programmes, particularly increased availability of comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive health
    Total Spending:
    $361,676
    Implemented by:
    NGO $185,028 (51%)
    UNFPA $102,628 (28%)
    GOV $74,019 (20%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (79)
    Non-core Resources (21)
    Adolescents and youth skills and capabilities
    Increased national capacity to conduct evidence-based advocacy for incorporating adolescents and youth skills and capabilites
    Total Spending:
    $361,676
    Implemented by:
    UNFPA $102628 (28%)
    NGO $185028 (51%)
    GOV $74019 (20%)
    Funded by:
    Core Resources (79)
    Non-core Resources (21)

    Programme Documentation

    CPD Bhutan [2019-2023] (DP/FPA/CPD/BTN/7)
    Cycle: 2019-2023
    UNDAF Bhutan [2014-2018]
    Cycle: 2014-2018
    CPE Bhutan [2013] (DP/FPA/2012/13)
    Cycle: 2013-2013
    CCPD Bhutan [2014-2018] (DP/FPA/OPS-ICEF/CCPD/2013/BTN/1)
    Cycle: 2014-2018
    CPD Bhutan [2008-2012] (DP/FPA/CPD/BTN/5)
    Cycle: 2008-2012
    Technical notes and sources

    The designations employed and the presentation of material on the map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of UNFPA concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status of Jammu and Kashmir has not yet been agreed upon by the parties.

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