UNFPA Supplies

UNFPA Supplies is the United Nations Population Fund's thematic programme dedicated to expanding access to family planning. 

UNFPA Supplies supports countries with the greatest needs, helping them to strengthen their supply chains so that women and adolescent girls can access a choice of contraceptives no matter where they live. The programme has a particular focus on 46 countries, in addition to providing support for reproductive health services in humanitarian crises.

UNFPA Supplies’ response to COVID-19 pandemic
UNFPA Supplies  is stepping up its efforts to support programme countries as their health systems are strained by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical that progamme countries continue to be able to provide reproductive health services to their populations including those who are facing limited availability and cannot access regular services.

UNFPA COVID-19 updates

Delivering reproductive health solutions globally

UNFPA Supplies is the largest provider of reproductive health commodities to developing countries globally, supplies that 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 improves lives

Overall, nearly 1.5 million lives may have been saved through the use of family planning methods provided by the Programme since its launch in 2007. These supplies also contributed to substantial cost savings for families and nations, allowing an estimated US$4.1 billion saving in direct health-care spending.

In 2019 alone, support from UNFPA Supplies procured $126 million worth of contraceptives and medicines for maternal health.

Contraceptives provided through UNFPA Supplies in 2019 had potential to avert an estimated:

  • 8 million unintended pregnancies

  • 24,000 maternal deaths

  • 152,000 child deaths

  • 2.3 million unsafe abortions

(These are the results of the UNFPA Supplies programme only, not UNFPA as a whole.)

These contraceptives had the potential to save families and health systems $497 million in direct health-care costs (costs of care during pregnancy and childbirth).

In 2019, UNFPA Supplies also supported communities affected by humanitarian crises in 18 countries. The emergency reproductive health kits deployed in these crises provided enough contraceptives reach 2.84 million women and adolescent girls already facing perilous conditions. 

UNFPA Supplies also procures and distributes critical maternal health medicines, which help to treat and prevent four conditions that cause 60 per cent of maternal deaths.

UNFPA Supplies choices

Among development actors, UNFPA Supplies is 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 

UNFPA Supplies ensures a secure, steady and reliable supply of quality contraceptives and maternal health medicines, and it improves access and use by strengthening national health systems and services. We generate rights-based growth in the use of contraceptives, especially among vulnerable and hard-to-reach women and girls, by focusing resources where the needs are greatest and increasing country-directed funding for family planning. 

We:

  • Improve access to, and use of, modern contraceptives by scaling up proven interventions
  • Mobilize political and financial commitment to enable the environment
  • Integrate reproductive health supplies into national policies and allocations
  • Strengthen capacity for supply chain management and quality reproductive health services
  • Procure and deliver reproductive health supplies to keep quality high and prices low and optimize delivery times

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.

UNFPA Supplies’ work is also able to generate cost savings through price negotiations and procurement of lower-cost generic products that meet international standards. 

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 expanding access to family planning as a centrepiece of sustainable development.

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

Australia, Belgium, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Canada, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Friends of UNFPA, Ireland, Regione Lombardia (Italy), Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Nutrition International, Portugal, private individuals (online), the RMNCH Trust Fund, Slovenia, Spain, Spain-Cataluña, Sweden, Treehouse Investments, United Kingdom and 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 and Donor Accountability Council give donors full oversight of the programme.

Where We Work

ASIA & THE PACIFIC
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Myanmar
Nepal
Papua New Guinea
Timor-Leste

ARAB STATES
Djibouti
Sudan
Yemen

LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN
Bolivia
Haiti
Honduras

EAST & SOUTHERN AFRICA
Burundi
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Kenya
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mozambique
Rwanda
South Sudan
Uganda
United Republic of Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
WEST & CENTRAL AFRICA
Benin
Burkina Faso
Cameroon
Central African Republic
Chad
Congo
Côte d’Ivoire
Gambia
Ghana
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau

 

 

 

 

Updated 21 April 2020

 

Related content

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What impact is COVID-19 having on supply of contraceptives and maternal health medicines? What is UNFPA doing to meet needs and mitigate shortfalls, in particular through the UNFPA Supplies thematic fund?
Publications

This Highlights of Key Progress in 2019 is an overview of key highlights of UNFPA Supplies work in 2019 around the themes of expanding contraceptive method choice, strengthening supply chains, and securing sustainable financing.

Resources
Reporting on the Performance Monitoring Framework is a detailed report of progress against the UNFPA Supplies programme framework, including a scorecard for at-a-glance information and a detailed financial report.

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