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Costing the Three Transformative Results

Costing the Three Transformative Results focuses on new research to estimate the costs associated the global effort led by UNFPA to: (a) end preventable maternal deaths, (b) end the unmet need for family planning, and (c) end gender-based violence and all harmful practices, including child marriage and female genital mutilation.

This new analysis goes beyond calculating costs; it also identifies the specific interventions needed to achieve these three transformative results by 2030 – the deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals – including developing country investment cases and costing of the work of UNFPA country programmes. This publication contains the methodologies and resulting cost estimates towards the achievement of each result. 

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UNFPA The Gambia Quarterly Newsletter (October - December) 2019

We give you final edition of our quarterly newsletter in 2019 covering the period between October and December 2019. This was a very interesting period for the CO, especially with progress on our peacebuilding projects implemented by our partners in The Gambia. We engaged in a series of youth driven activities geared towards promoting our work and supporting young people reach their fullest potentials.

In #DeliveringForTheGambia we acknowledge the importance and importance of partnerships and strategic programming set to target key population groups to ensure we achieve the results for and with The Gambia.

Read how we have contributed to the sustainable peace and other key intervention areas in The Gambia in this issue.

We hope you enjoy catching up on the exciting things we continue to work on.

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UNFPA The Gambia Quarterly Newsletter (July - September) 2019

Welcome to another edition of our quarterly newsletter, covering the period between July and September 2019. During this period, we engaged in series of activities geared towards promoting our work, and also supported various initiatives led by our partners in The Gambia. We recognise that our #DeliveringForTheGambia agenda cannot be realised, without strategic partnerships. Thus, in this issue, a highlight of our engagements is a celebration of the partnerships we have built and nurtured in the country, as we commemorate fifty (50) years of our existence as an agency this year. 

We hope you enjoy catching up on the exciting things we continue to work on.

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Report of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem's Visit to The Gambia

This report summarises highlights of UNFPA Executive Director, Dr. Natalia Kanem's visit to The Gambia from the 8 to 10 August 2019. Her visit is part of efforts to mobilise governments' commitments to the ICPD agenda, as we head to the Nairobi Summit on ICPD+25 in November 2019. Dr. Kanem began her engagements in the country with a Youth Bantaba with Gambian Young People dubbed "Road to Nairobi Temperature Check with Dr Natlai Kanem" and this was followed by a UNFPA@50 Partnership Celebration Dinner, hosted by the government of The Gambia. Some major highlights of her visit also include her courtesy visit to H.E. the President of The Gambia Mr. Adama barrow, and the meeting with the National Population Council.

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The Gambia National Report on the Five Year Review of the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development Beyond 2014

The 1994 Cairo Conference or ICPD adopted a new Programme of Action (PoA) as a guide for national and international action in population and development for the next 20 years. The PoA emphasises the enduring link between population on one hand and development on the other hand; and introduced for the first time the concepts of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. The African consensus on the ICPD beyond 2014, is known as the Addis Ababa Declaration on Population and Development (AADPD).

This National report reviews the progress and evaluates the extent to which The Gambia has fulfilled the commitments reflected in the AADPD over the past five years. The country’s prospects for harnessing the demographic dividend are also assessed.

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UNFPA The Gambia Quarterly Newsletter (April - June) 2019

We bring you some highlights of our activities over the course of the second quarter of the year (April to June 2019).

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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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UNFPA The Gambia Quarterly Newsletter (January - March ) 2019

Welcome to this edition of our quarterly newsletter. This issue captures stories of our work during the first quarter of 2019 (Januray - March).  Happy reading!

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ICPD25 Gambia Event Report

The 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, coupled with the 50th anniversary of UNFPA, call for galvanized efforts to take stock of the progress we have made so far and the gaps that remain in our drive to accelerate the ICPD Programme of Action. As such, UNFPA The Gambia, leveraged the 3rd Pan-African Youth Conference on African Unity and Development, co-hosted by the African Youth Commission (AYC) and the National Youth Council (NYC) under the auspices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports The Gambia, organised three high-level panels, capturing the voices and contributions of African youth, towards the achievement of the ICPD agenda.

This report captures the proceedings and outcomes of the event held on 25 March 2019.

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UNFPA The Gambia 2018 Annual Report

Ending the unmet need for Family Planning, ending preventable maternal deaths and ending Gender-Based Violence, the three ambitious and transformative results that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) works to achieve, although may seem difficult, are possible, if we strategically position our investments and efforts in young people, women and adolescents. This is what guides our work in The Gambia.

UNFPA support to The Gambia, dates back to 1972. Since then, support from UNFPA to the country has been through successive Country Programmes (CP), the current programme being the eighth.

The Country Programme has been designed to support national efforts to harness the Demographic Dividend (DD) of a youthful population, through high impact investments in sexual and reproductive health and the elimination of gender-based violence, which hinder the potential of adolescents and youth, especially girls, to effectively contribute to poverty reduction and national development in general.

Guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), our Country Programme aims to target highly vulnerable women and youth in selected regions of the country. In the interest of maximal programme impact, it has been decided to concentrate programme effort at two outcome areas, namely Sexual and reproductive health and Adolescents and Youth.

As a result, this annual report, will take you through our 2018 journey, highlighting significant achievements recorded, in our efforts to realise the agency’s transformative results.

In 2018, the Country Office invested in the expansion of the Community-Based Distribution Programme, reaching an additional twenty (20) hard-to-reach communities, with Family Planning (FP) information and services.

Since the provision of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) is a primary health care initiative strategy used to reduce maternal and newborn mortality, the agency supported the upgrading of seven (7) health facilities into BEmONC delivery centers and trained fifty (50) midwives from selected health facilities on how to perform the seven signal functions for a BEmONC facility.

Additionally, during the course of the year, Fifteen Thousand, Two Hundred and Twenty-Three (15,223) young people were reached with information on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), while Ten Thousand, Four Hundred and Sixty-One (10,461) youth in schools, were reached with information on the benefits of family planning.

Furthermore, through our programming, we supported 10 Maternal Death Audit Reviews (MDRs) in hospitals and major health centers across the country and also supported 19 Obstetric Fistula repair surgeries, a move geared towards giving women living with this condition, a chance to restore their dignity and hope for survival.

While major results were recorded in 2018, we look forward to continue delivering for The Gambia in 2019 and beyond, results for the benefit of key populations – women, youth and adolescents, accompanied by our partners and the communities we serve.

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