Essential Supplies Overview

Access to a reliable supply of contraceptives, condoms, medicines and equipment saves and improves lives.  A choice of contraceptives empowers couples to plan their families.  Condoms can keep HIV from spreading. An inexpensive medication can keep a woman from bleeding to death in childbirth.

UNFPA’s goal is reproductive health commodity security, which means that every individual can obtain and use affordable, quality reproductive health supplies of their choice whenever they need them. This is essential to delivering a world in which every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth safe, and every young person's potential fulfilled, which are the goals of UNFPA.  

UNFPA's Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security is a catalyst for national efforts to build stronger health systems and procure essential supplies.  It is helping achieve the following results:

Global Programme at a glance
  • This UNFPA flagship thematic fund partners with 46 countries 2013-2017
  • $565 million mobilized 2007-2012
  • Contraceptives worth 86 million couple years of protection provided 2008-2012
  • $129 million expenditure in 2012 for commodity procurement and capacity development
  • Stock-outs or sudden shortages are averted
  • National policies and budget lines for reproductive health commodities are in place
  • Supply management is computerized and run by trained staff
  • Many more couples are using modern methods of contraception

At the first UN High Level Meeting on Reproductive Health Commodity Security, leaders of 12 countries agreed that voluntary family planning, secured by a steady supply of contraceptives, is a national priority for saving women’s lives. This work continues in programming for 2013-2017, supporting strategic and pivotal commodity procurement and capacity building in 46 countries.


Latest News

28 May 2014

Myanmar’s “red angel” midwives prepare to bring care to displaced women in Rakhine

YANGON, Myanmar – Twenty-three-year-old Ma Thae Ei Phyu is one of five “red angel” midwives to participate in a recent UNFPA-supported intensive training programme at a maternity ward on the outskirts of the Myanmar capital, Yangon. The programme prepared the red angels – named for their red ‘longyi’ garments – to carry out life-saving work in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs) in the Sittwe and Myebon townships of Rakhine State. more
07 May 2014

Caught in crisis, South Sudanese women learn to plan their families

JUBA, South Sudan – Teresa Aruoth never knew she could use family planning to help space the births of her children. Married in her teenage years, she counts herself lucky to have remained healthy in a country where one in seven mothers dies in childbirth. But the ongoing crisis in South Sudan has made the need to provide women with family planning services even more urgent. more
30 April 2014

UNFPA Pacific Assists Mothers, Youth Displaced by Solomon Islands Flooding

HONIARA, Solomon Islands – By 11 am on 4 April, residents knew the Mataniko River might breach its banks in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, but no one knew it would wash away their homes within the hour. More than four weeks later, most displaced people remain in evacuation centres. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is providing humanitarian support for these families and others affected by the disaster. more