UNFPA established the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security in 2007 as a framework for assisting countries in planning for their own needs. As this report documents, progress in the five years since the programme was launched has been very significant. The Global Programme has mobilized $450 million since 2007. While the trend towards greater emphasis on capacity development continues,support to reproductive health commodities through the GPRHCS 2008-2011 includes contraceptives worth 56 million couple-years of protection.
Within UNFPA, the Global Programme worked in collaboration with the Maternal Health Thematic Fund to provide programmatic support to ensure that life-saving maternal health drugs and supplies were available in all facilities. The GPRHCS also worked closely with the HIV/AIDS Branch to increase the availability of contraceptives in countries with high HIV prevalence and among vulnerable populations.
As the report details, since the programme began its work, contraceptive prevalence rates have increased, access to a wider range of appropriate family planning methods has expanded, access to lifesaving medicines for maternal health has widened, and fewer stockouts were reported at service delivery points. Capacity within countries to budget for and manage reproductive health supplies is also improving.