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Asia-Pacific Highlights 2018

Annual Report

In 2018,  our regional and country programmes in Asia-Pacific UNFPA continued to accelerate the ICPD Programme of Action which in turn contributes to the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. 

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Project Overview - kNOwVAWdata

Fact Sheet

An overview of the kNOwVAWdata initiative, which sustainably supports and strengthens regional and national capacity to measure violence against women prevalence.

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State of World Population Report 2019: Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All

State of World Population Report

Reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for more women than ever. But we cannot be complacent: rights are still out of reach for too many women. Our challenge is to finish the unfinished business of guaranteeing rights and choices for all. Read our latest State of the World Population report 2019, published in a year that marks the 50th anniversary of UNFPA's founding and the 25th anniversary of the revolutionary Programme of Action forged at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo. 

 

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Afghanistan Family Planning Cost Benefit Analysis

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Promoting voluntary family planning services can have powerful impacts on the development of Afghanistan, kickstarting the shifts and changes needed to reap the benefits of the demographic dividend and considerably improving the health of women and their children
throughout the country. By reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, voluntary family planning not only decreases the number of health services required for each pregnancy but also lowers the risks of maternal and neonatal morbidities. This greatly reduces the healthcare costs associated with the provision of such services for the public health sector. In this policy brief, we provide estimates to guide the Government of Afghanistan on the investments in family planning commodities and services needed to achieve those higher rates of contraceptive prevalence by 2030.

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Harnessing The Potential Demographic Dividend in Afghanistan Through Increased Family Planning Use

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Low rates of contraceptive prevalence have a considerable impact on several aspects of health, social and economic development. Low use of contraceptives is linked with high rates of maternal mortality, as well as with increased child and infant mortality and lower female life expectancy. In terms of economic development, high rates of fertility tend to substantially limit women’s participation in education and in a productive workforce – with a direct impact on a country’s economy and social development. In this Policy Brief, we illustrate the effects that higher modern contraceptive rates would have on the health, population and the economy of Afghanistan, through the realisation of the demographic dividend.

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Prepositioning Supplies in Disaster-Prone Countries of Asia and the Pacific

Fact Sheet

Prepositioning reproductive health supplies in areas vulnerable to natural disasters speeds up emergency assistance and saves lives; it also builds resilience in regular supply chains. In 2015, UNFPA established the Regional Prepositioning Initiative with support from Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Supplies are procured and stored at hubs in Brisbane, Australia and Suva, Fiji and in strategic locations around the 11 focus countries.

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Young People's Health and Well-being

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Well-being education programmes build the resilience of children, adolescents and young people, empowering them to relate to others with respect, to make and carry out responsible decisions, and to deal effectively with change and challenge. This UNFPA Asia-Pacific policy brief invites Ministries of Education and other stakeholders to consider the wide-ranging benefits of a package of life skills, including social and emotional learning, to enhance the health and well-being for all students.

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State of World Population 2018

State of World Population Report

The United Nations Population Fund’s latest flagship State of World Population 2018 report focuses on the power of choice. The report titled The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition provides insight into how the power to choose the number, timing and spacing  of pregnancies can bolster economic and social progress around the world. 

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State of World Population 2018: Highlights

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View the highlights of our latest World Population Report 2018 report here. 

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Lessons learned from the implementation of a violence against women survey in Palau

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This ‘lessons learned’ document was developed by the kNOwVAWdata initiative under the leadership of Dr Henriette Jansen, UNFPA technical advisor. Through the use of real life ‘lessons’, the document intends to inform and inspire donors, planners, organisers and coordinators of violence against women prevalence studies around the world on how to overcome practical and ethical challenges they may encounter when implementing such a study.

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