UNFPA promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.
The goal of UNFPA work across the world is to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), to promote reproductive rights, and to reduce maternal mortality.
In Kosovo, UNFPA efforts have shifted from humanitarian interventions to long-term and more comprehensive development cooperation programmes. In partnership with government, NGOs, communities, and other UN agencies, UNFPA Kosovo has worked to achieve its goals through:
- Improving antenatal, safe delivery and post-natal care through technical assistance programmes, development of curricula and professional training for medical personnel, and provision of medical equipment
- Family planning sessions and workshops for youth and adults in communities and at schools
- Awareness rising campaigns, education and counseling sessions on reproductive health, human sexuality and prevention spread of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
- Ensuring access to free affordable quality contraceptives at medical facilities
- Promotion of gender equality, women empowerment and elimination of gender based violence.
- Supporting research, gathering, and dissemination of population data, advocating for and supporting government in developing evidence-based strategies and population policies
“Delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe, and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.”
In years to come, UNFPA Kosovo will expand on its ongoing cooperation and aims at increasing impact of its actions through building partnerships for improved governance of the health care system, leading to better quality and access to reproductive healthcare services for people in Kosovo – all in line with national, global, and other UN agencies’ strategies. Furthermore, jointly with other UN agencies and local partners, the Fund will keep working towards promotion of gender equality, women empowerment and elimination of gender based violence.
In order to respond to emerging demographic changes, through continued support in gathering and analysis of population data, UNFPA Kosovo supports local stakeholders in preparation of evidence-based strategies and their implementation into national planning and policy development. Given the current demographic situation in Kosovo, the focus of such cooperation will be especially on youth empowerment – on their education and life skills.