Reproductive Health and Rights

Objectives

The reproductive health and rights component aims at increasing access to health services and improving their quality, particularly in underserved areas and with focus on vulnerable groups. This objective will be achieved through the following:

Establishing and making comprehensive, gender-sensitive, high-quality reproductive health services and commodities accessible: Reproductive health will constitute the largest component of the programme. The programme will strengthen access to, and utilization of, high-quality services in underserved areas, addressing: (a) maternal mortality and morbidity; (b) unmet family planning needs; (c) sexually transmitted infections; and (d) mental health. The programme will also focus on improving reproductive health in crisis and emergency situations. In addition, the programme will prioritize initiatives that focus on emergency obstetric and neonatal care in order to: (a) attain a critical mass of skilled attendants; (b) support efforts to develop a systematic network of basic and comprehensive services for emergency obstetric and neonatal care; and (c) provide reproductive health equipment and commodities. The programme will support a logistics management information system, a procurement system and national capacity development. The programme will also develop the capacity of the national partners in reproductive health programming in emergency and post-conflict settings.

Improving knowledge, information and services for young people, with a focus on societal and community mobilization and evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue: The programme will support line ministries and civil society organizations to design and establish youth-friendly health facilities, and disseminate knowledge and information on reproductive health. A behaviour change communication strategy will ensure community support to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs and reproductive rights of young people, with the goal of reducing high-risk behaviour. UNFPA will: (a) support a situation analysis, including a legal review of the development challenges facing young people; (b) seek to enhance the resource base for investments in young people; (c) identify opportunities to position youth issues in the development agenda; and (d) increase the participation of young people in national dialogues and in development planning, implementation and monitoring processes.

The programme will support and conduct advocacy, targeting the media, faith-based organizations, parliamentarians and community networks in support of this output. It will develop and implement a holistic and multisectoral framework to ensure that young people have access to the benefits of development and that they realize their rights. In this regard, efforts will be made to develop a comprehensive package of services and information. The programme will seek to empower youth and strengthen their participation in project development, implementation and monitoring as well as providing advise on new initiatives and pilot projects. In addition, this component will strengthen national capacities for promoting youth volunteerism in various sectors - including expanding and strengthening the existing youth peer education network (Y-PEER) among others with the adoption of innovative approaches.

Projects

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Implementing Partner: Centre Universitaire de Santé Familiale et Communautaire (CUSFC) Status: Ongoing Duration: 2012-2013
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Implementing Partner: Masar (Local NGO) Status: Ongoing Duration: 2011-2012
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Implementing Partner: University Saint Joseph (in partnership with Ministry of Education and Higher Education) Status: Ongoing Duration: 2011-2012
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Implementing Partner: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Status: Ongoing Duration: 2011-2012
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Implementing Partner: Educational Center for Research and Development (ECRD) Status: Ongoing Duration: 2010-2012
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Implementing Partner: UNFPA, Y-PEER Network, and NGOs Status: Ongoing Duration: 2007-2011
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Implementing Partner: Visual and Performing Arts Association (VAPA) Status: Closed Duration: 2010-2010
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Implementing Partner: Centre Universitaire de Santé Familiale et Communautaire (CUSFC) at Saint Joseph University (USJ) Status: Closed Duration: 2008-2010
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Implementing Partner: Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth Research Program at the American University of Beirut Status: Closed Duration: 2008-2009
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Implementing Partner: Lebanon Family Planning Association (LFPA) Status: Closed Duration: 2006-2009
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Implementing Partner: Armenian Relief Cross in Lebanon (ARCL) Status: Closed Duration: 2005-2006
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Implementing Partner: Educational Center for Research and Development (ECRD) Status: Closed Duration: 2004-2009
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Implementing Partner: Soins Infirmiers et Développement Communautaire (SIDC) Status: Closed Duration: 2003-2005
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Implementing Partner: Ministry of Social Affairs (MOSA) Status: Closed Duration: 2003-2009
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Implementing Partner: Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Status: Closed Duration: 2002-2009
Latest update: 1/10/2012