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Leveraging Partnerships for Effective and Efficient Programme Delivery in Luapula and North-Western Provinces

12 October 2018
"I believe girls can do anything boys can do" - says Idess [M] as she shows her carpentry skills to UNFPA Zambia Representative [R] at Mufumbwe Youth Center in North Western Province

In line with UNFPA’s Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021), Zambia is categorized in the “red” quadrant, requiring UNFPA’s full package of operational engagement, including:

  • Advocacy and policy dialogue
  • Capacity development
  • Knowledge management
  • Targeted service delivery of essential sexual reproductive health services and
  • Partnerships and coordination.

At sub-national level, UNFPA supports the strengthening of systems for the delivery of integrated sexual and reproductive health services, as well as knowledge management practices in Luapula, Western, North-Western, Central, Eastern, Lusaka and Copperbelt Provinces.

In line with UNFPA’s actions to ensure efficient and effective programme delivery in the target Provinces, the UNFPA Representative and programme staff undertook a high-level visit to Luapula and North Western Provinces in September and October 2018.

Strategic engagements with Provincial and District officials appreciated the sustained collaboration between UNFPA and the two Provinces, and underscored key results towards the attainment of UNFPA’s Transformative Results aimed at ending unmet need for family planning, ending preventable maternal deaths, and ending gender-based violence including child marriage.

Guided visits to supported health facilities; humanitarian settings; as well as youth-focused programme sites articulated how targeted investments are delivering people-centered results by transforming the lives of women, newborns and young people.

The visits also underscored key areas that require intensified and innovative solutions to ensure universal health coverage, particularly for those furthest behind. This will enable improvements in key health and development outcomes for women and young people, including reduction in maternal mortality rates, sexual and gender-based violence, adolescent pregnancies and child marriage.