Cabinet has noted the fourth United Nations Population Fund country programme of support: 2013 to 2017 and supports its implementation.
“The United Nations Population Fund country programme has been providing support to the Government of South Africa since the mid-nineties,” said Minister in The Presidency responsible for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Collins Chabane, at a post Cabinet briefing on Friday.
Chabane said the goal of the proposed country programme was to contribute to the reduction of poverty and inequality, by supporting interventions to improve the quality and utilisation of sexual reproductive health services, including maternal health, family planning and linkages to HIV prevention.
The programme also aims to support programmes that are responsive to emerging population dynamics, with emphasis on women in urban informal settlements and rural women, as well as adolescents and unemployed young people.
He further said the programme would advance gender equality and reproductive rights; and promote regional development and international cooperation through South/South corporation.