The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Their mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA aims to achieve three world-changing results by 2030; End maternal death, end unmet need for family planning and end gender-based violence and all harmful practices.
The organization was created in 1969 and calls for the realization of reproductive rights for all and supports access to a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services – including voluntary family planning, maternal health care and comprehensive sexuality education.
Since UNFPA started its work, the world has seen progress: The number and rate of women dying from complications of pregnancy or childbirth has been halved. Families are healthier. Young people are more connected and empowered than ever before.
But too many are still left behind. More than 760 million people are mired in extreme poverty. Sexual and reproductive health problems are a leading cause of death and disability for women in the developing world. Young people bear the highest risks of HIV infection and unintended pregnancy. Many millions of girls face the prospect of child marriage and other harmful practices, such as female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Swarovski Foundation has answered an emergency appeal for the UNFPA to urgently raise funds for life-saving assistance to mothers and their children in Yemen.
The humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world. The country faces an escalating conflict, a collapsing economy, a depreciating currency, as well as recent torrential rains and flooding, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a fuel crisis. An estimated 24.1 million people – over 80 per cent of the population – are in need of some form of assistance. Around the country, hundreds of health facilities have been shuttered or are only partially operational.