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Asia and the Pacific is the most disaster prone region in the world.

UNFPA’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office manages the Regional Prepositioning Initiative in partnership with Australia, a flagship programme to strengthen preparedness and build resilience in the most disaster-prone countries in the region.

Since 2016, the Regional Prepositioning Initiative has reached over 202,454 direct beneficiaries with more than US$ 2.4 million worth of essential supplies to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of women and girls and to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in 111 emergencies across 15 countries.

Prepositioning has dramatically improved UNFPA’s humanitarian response in Asia and the Pacific in terms of speed, quality and efficiency. Prepositioning has also strengthened UNFPA’s reputation and reliability as a humanitarian actor, provided new opportunities to advocate for measures to address sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence during humanitarian responses, and helped to build trust with governments and other partners. These outcomes assist UNFPA’s work in relation to the humanitarian, development and peace-building nexus.

























Prepositioning has been a game-changer for UNFPA's humanitarian work across the Asia-Pacific region, improving the speed, quality and efficiency of emergency responses. These publications provide an overview of the Regional Prepositioning Initiative.