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

24 April 2014

Ready-made delivery kits save women’s lives in Cameroon

GAROUA, Cameroon – The first few times she gave birth, Hadja Aminatou, of the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua, could not afford to seek care at the local hospital. Instead, she gave birth at home. But during her last delivery, she was finally able to receive skilled care, largely due to a programme that subsidizes and pre-positions delivery and Caesarean ‘kits’ in health facilities across the country. more
08 November 2013

UNFPA to Highlight Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Young People, especially Girls

UNITED NATIONS — The third International Conference on Family Planning will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 12-15 November 2013. UNFPA will underscore the importance of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, especially for young people and other vulnerable groups, and organize a number of related events. more
06 October 2013

UNFPA Moves to Promote Condom Use Among Malawi Youth

BLANTYRE, Malawi — In Malawi, the United Nations Population Fund and Malawi government have launched the first ever national HIV/AIDS prevention drive that seeks to promote and increase condom use among youths. The effort, known as Condomize! Campaign, is also the first of its kind in Africa. more