On today’s International Women's Day, the European Commission announced a €25 million contribution to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. The funding will support the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Supplies Trust Fund for the period 2018-2020.
On this occasion, Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said: "The European Union has long supported women’s and girls’ empowerment, and their sexual and reproductive health and rights. With this €25 million, we want to contribute to enhancing women’s rights and empower them to make informed choices. This is about living up to our human rights principles and our commitment to leave no one behind."
The programme will reach the most vulnerable women and girls worldwide by increasing the availability of and access to quality reproductive health services, contraceptives, condoms and life-saving maternal health medicines.
Since 2012, the EU has supported UNFPA Supplies, with a total of €77.6 million. In 2017, the programme reached 15 million women with quality family planning services in 46 mainly low-income partner countries. The support provided had the potential to avert 7.5 million unintended pregnancies; 18,000 maternal deaths; 114,000 child deaths and 2.3 million unsafe abortions.
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Supplies was created in 2007 and is a multi-donor trust fund managed by UNFPA.
The Fund ensures a secure, steady and reliable supply of quality reproductive health commodities (RHC) - contraceptives, male and female condoms, and maternal health medicines. It improves access to, and use of, RHC by strengthening national health systems and services.
The European Union has supported the UNFPA Supplies Trust Fund since 2012 (€32.6 million during 2012-2013, €20 million during 2016-2017, and €25 million for the period 2018-2020).