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This report takes its inspiration from the United Nations Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child initiative, which calls for countries to do everything possible to protect the lives and futures of all women, children and adolescents. It follows the approach used for the

State of the World’s Midwifery 2014 report, but focuses on 21 of the 23 countries in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) East and Southern Africa region.

The report has been coordinated by the UNFPA East and Southern Africa Regional Office. It provides an evidence base to support policy dialogue at national and regional levels, to assist countries in the region to meet the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals relating to sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health (SRMNAH).

A strong workforce is essential to the success of UNFPA’s strategies for improving SRMNAH – increased coverage of skilled attendance at birth, family planning, postnatal care and emergency obstetric care.

Understanding the current state of the SRMNAH workforce is necessary to identify the specific challenges, gaps and bottlenecks which need to be addressed in order to strengthen the workforce, and to consider suitable strategies for overcoming them.

The evidence and analysis in this report are structured according to the four domains that determine whether a health system and its workforce are providing effective coverage, i.e. whether women are obtaining the SRMNAH care and services they want and need. These four domains are: availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality.

All countries, whether their potential met need estimate is high or low, should address the identified challenges to the provision of an SRMNAH workforce that is accessible, acceptable and of high quality. Depending on the country context, this may require action in several areas.

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A 3-part policy brief on the status of sexual reproductive health and rights in Zambia, highlighting progress, gaps, and existing challenges in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R).

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A policy brief highlighting key factors associated with adolescent pregnancy. Adolescent pregnancy undermines girls’ human rights and reduces opportunities to realize their full potential.
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A policy brief on child marriage in Zambia. Child marriage is a human rights violation, and endangers young people' personal development and well-being; thus reducing opportunities to realize their full potential. Protecting girls from child marriage is a national priority and key towards sustainable development.

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The UNFPA Zambia Annual Report 2016 documents our rights-based results in the year 2016, a period that covers both the tail-end achievements of the 7th Country Programme and initial stages of the 8th Country Programme. 

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Zambia's youthful population can offer a unique opportunity for accelerated economic growth if fertility declines rapidly, resulting in an age structure with more people in the working-ages relative to dependent children. This would create an opportunity for the country to experience a sustained period of rapid economic growth, referred to as the "demographic dividend".
 
In December 2016, Zambia’s Demographic Dividend Study Report was officially launched by H.E. Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia. The study assessed the economic and human development potential of Zambia in the short, medium and long-term using a comprehensive approach. It generated relevant policy and programme information to guide a well-blended policy-mix required to propel Zambia towards achieving its Vision 2030 aspiration of becoming a prosperous middle income country.
 
 
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Investing in 10-year-old girls could yield huge demographic dividend, pump billions into national economies

  • Girls are less likely than boys to complete schooling and more likely to face forced marriage, child labour, female genital mutilation and other undermining practices.
  • More than half of the world’s 60 million 10-year-old girls live in the 48 countries with the worst gender inequality.
  • $21 billion a year dividend for developing countries can be unlocked if all 10-year-old girls complete secondary education.
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In order to strengthen the national multi-sectoral response to child marriage, Government of the Republic of Zambia - with support from UNFPA, UNICEF, UKAID through the Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada and other stakeholders - developed a National Strategy on Ending Child Marriage (2016 to 2021).

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The UNFPA Zambia 2015 annual report highlights continued efforts to break the cycle of unfulfilled sexual and reproductive rights for women and young people, thus making a difference in their lives in the course of the year. 
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UNFPA in Zambia in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Zambia renewed its programme of coorperation in September 2015, with the UNFPA Executive Boards’ approval of the 8th Country Programme for the period 2016-2020. Focused on inclusive social development and ensuring that “no one is left behind”,  the  8th country  programme  is  guided  by  analytical  studies  and  assessments,  and  benefited from multi-sectoral consultations with the Government, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, young people, in addition to other United Nations agencies and organizations. It is aligned with  Zambia’s revised 6th national  development  plan;  Zambia’s Vision  2030;  and the  United  Nations  Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) 2016 – 2021.

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