The urgent and ongoing need for a reliable supply of contraceptives, condoms, medicines and equipment in developing countries is the challenge addressed by UNFPA’s Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security (GPRHCS). Reproductive health commodity security is of critical importance to reproductive health, and the critical importance of reproductive health to development is expressed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), where universal access to reproductive health is a target for 2015, and in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. Without a secure, reliable supply of contraceptives and other essentials, countries will not be able achieve
UNFPA established the Global Programme as a framework for assisting countries in planning for their own
needs. At the request of governments, UNFPA helps to:
- Integrate RHCS in national policies, plans and programmes through advocacy with policy makers, parliamentarians and partners in government;
- Strengthen the delivery system to ensure reliable supply, logistics information and management;
- Procure contraceptives and other essential reproductive health supplies and promote their use through various mechanisms such as community-based distribution;
- In partnership with the Maternal Health Thematic Fund and HIV/AIDS Branch, provide training to build skills at every step, from forecasting needs to providing quality information and services in family planning, maternal health and the prevention of STIs, including HIV.