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When sexual and reproductive health needs are not met, individuals are deprived of the right to make crucial choices about their own bodies and futures, with a cascading impact on their families’ welfare and future generations. UNFPA Nepal works to ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights remain at the very centre of development.  UNFPA is supporting the Government of Nepal and local partners to ensure that adolescents have access to: 

  • Accurate sexual and reproductive health information; 
  • A range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods;
  • Sensitive counseling;
  • Quality obstetric and antenatal care for all pregnant women and girls;
  • Information and services to prevent and manage sexually transmitted infections, including HIV;
  • Comprehensive sexuality education 

UNFPA Nepal is also supporting girls who are already married to help them delay their pregnancies. The UN agency is empowering adolescent girls through ‘adolescent girl circles’ providing them with education and social skills. 

While health experts applaud Nepal’s declining maternal mortality ratio in recent years, this gain may not be sustainable if the country does not address its lack of qualified health staff, especially midwives, to keep women in childbirth alive.

UNFPA Nepal is supporting the Ministry of Health to achieve the ambitious targets set out in the new Sustainable Development Goals, which call for bringing the maternal mortality ratio down to 70 deaths per 100,000 live births by 2030, by:

  • Ensuring family planning services;
  • Supplying contraceptives and live-saving medicines;
  • Preventing and treating reproductive health morbidities like pelvic organ prolapse, obstetric fistula and cervical cancer;
  • Supporting on-going efforts towards midwifery education as per WHO/ICM standards;
  • Supporting the provision of adolescent-friendly services;
  • Preventing child marriage and empowering married young women and girls;
  • Upgrading adolescent sexual and reproductive health services