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State of World Population 2019

Fifty years ago, it was hard for women to obtain contraception and relatively easy to die giving birth. Many women were unable to decide whom and when to marry, and when or whether to have children.

A worldwide movement to give women real choices in life culminated in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), where a consensus was reached about the links between women’s empowerment, sexual and reproductive health, and rights and sustainable development.

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Policy Brief_State of Youth in Zambia

The policy brief highlights the status of youth in Zambia.

Zambia has a young population, with 65% under the age of 25 and 52% under the age of 18. The Seventh National Development Plan (2017-2021), recognises that Zambian youth can, with effective support, play a significant role in realizing its Vision 2030 of transitioning from a low to middle income country by 2030.

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Policy Brief_Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care in Zambia

The policy brief highlights the status of Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) in Zambia.

As part of key actions to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths, the Government of Zambia is providing Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) services in health facilities, in line with Zambia's development aspirations.

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UNFPA Zambia Annual Report 2018

The UNFPA Zambia Annual Report 2018 highlights key milestones and achievements recorded with UNFPA support, towards achieving UNFPA's transformative results of ending unmet need for family planning; ending preventable maternal deaths; and ending gender-based violence and harmful practices, including child marriage.

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UNFPA East and Southern Africa Annual Report 2018

Looking back on our work in 2018, we made great strides in fulfilling our promise to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights in East and Southern Africa (ESA).Through our evidence-based advocacy and strategic engagement with different partners and stakeholders, we contributed to transforming the policy environment in the region. Many countries in the ESA region introduced and revised progressive policies regarding sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially on HIV prevention, child marriage and comprehensive sexuality education.

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The Power of Choice: Reproductive Rights and the Demographic Transition

Not so long ago, most people had large families: five children, on average. Where once there was one global fertility rate, today there are many, with differences wider than at any point in human history.

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Zambia's Seventh National Development Plan (2017-2021) Implementation Plan

The Implementation Plan of the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) has been developed to operationalise the main policy document, outlining the strategic development trajectory for the country for the period 2017 -2021.

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UNFPA Zambia Annual Report 2017

The UNFPA Zambia 2017 Annual Report highlights key milestones and achievements recorded with UNFPA support towards improving the health and well-being of women and young people in Zambia

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The State of the World's Midwifery: Analysis of the Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Adolescent Health Workforce in East & Southern Africa

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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Policy Brief_Child Marriage in Zambia

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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