The United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. There are close links between sustainable development, reproductive health and gender equality. Within the framework of the International Conference on Population and Development, 179 countries agreed that meeting needs for education and health is a prerequisite for sustainable development over the longer term. They also agreed on a roadmap for progress with the following goals:
- Universal access to reproductive health services by 2015.
- Universal primary education and closing the gender gap in education by 2015.
- Reducing maternal mortality by 75 per cent by 2015.
- Reducing infant mortality.
- Increasing life expectancy.
- Reducing HIV infection rates.
UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and program to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect. UNFPA helps governments, at their request, to formulate policies and strategies to support sustainable development and gender equality. UNFPA assists in health emergencies and protects human rights. They have celebrity sponsors and key corporations promote causes and raise money for increased aid.
Links to the health workforce crisis
UNFPA is committed to strengthening human resources for health by opening clinics, by recruiting personnel and by progressive training, especially in maternal health with midwifery workforce where there is a critical shortage in needy developing countries.
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