UNFPA’s work in Ukraine commenced in 1997 from the implementation of several stand-alone projects on reproductive health and HIV/STI prevention. In 2006-2011 UNFPA, in cooperation with the Government of Ukraine, non-governmental organizations and academic community, implemented the first UNFPA Country Programme for Ukraine that has substantially expanded the focus of UNFPA technical assistance and allowed for building strategic partnerships.
Starting from 2012, UNFPA is implementing the second Country Programme for Ukraine which focuses on three interlinked areas:
- Reproductive Health and Rights
- Population Matters
- Gender Equality
In more detail, over the 5-year cycle the Country Programme addresses the following issues:
Reproductive Health and Rights:
- Advancing the policy and normative environment in reproductive health care;
- Improving reproductive health data management;
- Improving quality and accessibility of maternal health and family planning services;
- Strengthening linkages between reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programmes;
- Preventing HIV infections among young people through IEC/BCC and peer-based programmes.
- Supporting the national population and housing census;
- Scientific research in population and development;
- Engendering the population and development agenda;
- Supporting Ukraine in implementing the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.
- Promoting gender-sensitive policies and legal frameworks;
- Supporting gender research;
- Preventing gender-based discrimination and violence at the national and community levels.
It is anticipated that overall five-year programme budget will reach $6.5 million, including $5 million from UNFPA regular resources.