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Realizing the Potential

Annual Report 2013

This annual report  summarizes the 2013 programmes, objectives and initiatives achieved, both globally and regionally, in 2013. UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, worked with 159 countries, territories and other areas in 2013 to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
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Trends in Maternal Mortality: 1990 to 2013

Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank and the United Nations Population Division

Globally, there were an estimated 289,000 maternal deaths in 2013, a decline of 45 per cent from 1990. The global maternal mortality rate (MMR) in 2013 was 210 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births, down from 380 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births in 1990. However, hidden within these figures are enormous inequalities: The MMR in developing regions was 14 times higher than in developed regions.
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The State of the World’s Midwifery 2014

A Universal Pathway. A Woman's Right to Health

The State of the World’s Midwifery (SoWMy) 2014 presents findings on midwifery from 73 low and middle- income countries. The report, produced by UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the World Health Organization (WHO) and several other partners, shows the progress and trends that have taken place since the inaugural 2011 edition, and also identifies the barriers and challenges to future progress.
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Engaging Men and Boys: A Brief Summary of UNFPA Experience and Lessons Learned

Integrating work with men and boys into core areas of the UNFPA mandate at country, regional and global levels.

This report aims to support the work of UNFPA and partners by presenting a background and rationale for engaging men and boys. It illustrates a range of initiatives that have engaged men and boys for the promotion of gender equality as well as sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights.
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ICPD and Human Rights

20 years of advancing reproductive rights through UN treaty bodies and legal reform

This publication highlights the progress countries have made through their laws and policies to implement the ICPD Programme of Action. It also describes national and international human rights developments on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.
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Promises to Keep

Annual Report 2012

This annual report describes progress made towards the achievement of programming objectives globally and in each region in 2012. UNFPA worked with 156 countries and territories in 2012 to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
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Ten Good Practices in Essential Supplies for Family Planning and Maternal Health

UNFPA is intensifying strategic support to voluntary family planning through its Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security. Countries participating in the Global Programme are now reporting their own success stories backed by measureable results. This publication shares numerous examples of activities in countries participating in the Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security as of 2011. Examples are included from Burkina Faso, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Lao PDR, Madagascar, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone. Many are Stream 1 countries in the GPRHCS, which means they receive sustained, multi-year support.
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Trends in Maternal Mortality:1990-2010

Globally, the total number of maternal deaths decreased by from 543 000 in 1990 to 287 000 in 2010. Likewise,  the global maternal mortality ratio (MMR) declined from 400 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in 1990 to 210 in 2010, representing an average annual decline of 3.1 per cent. All developing regions experienced a decline in MMR between 1990 and 2010, with the highest reduction in the 20-year period in Eastern Asia (69 per cent) followed by Northern Africa (66 per cent), Southern Asia (64 per cent), Sub-Saharan Africa (41 per cent), Latin America and the Caribbean (41 per cent), Oceania (38 per cent) and finally Caucasus and Central Asia (35 per cent). Although the latter region experienced the lowest decline, its already low MMR of 71 maternal deaths per 100 000 live births in 1990 made it more challenging to achieve the same decline as another region with a higher 1990 MMR value.  
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Gateways to Integration

A case study from Swaziland

This case study (and related film), based in Swaziland, is part of a series of joint publications on strengthening linkages between sexual and reproductive health and HIV. Increasingly the first two prongs – preventing new HIV infections (Prong 1) and preventing unintended pregnancies in women living with HIV (Prong 2) – are receiving the recognition, commitment and programming support required to have an impact.
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Global Programme to Enhance Reproductive Health Commodity Security Annual Report 2011

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.
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