UNFPA, the UN Population Fund started its cooperation with the Republic of Moldova in 1995. In 2010 we are commemorating 15 years of UNFPA presence in Moldova.

Since 2001, the UNFPA assistance to the Republic of Moldova has grown a lot and has become consistent.

In 2004, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the International Conference for Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), the Moldovan president joined those 70 heads of state and other world leaders, who made their commitment to an action plan aimed to ensure global access to information and services in the field of reproductive health, to consolidate the observation of the human rights and reduce poverty. He was the only head of state from the CIS countries who signed the Declaration of the World Leaders.

In 2004, the Government of the Republic of Moldova made a voluntary contribution to the UNFPA for 5 years, 2004-2008. This fact was welcomed by the UNFPA headquarters in New York. The UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, highlighted the understanding and opening to collaboration of the Government of the Republic of Moldova in an UN annual report.

Since 2007, UNFPA started the implementation in the Republic of Moldova of the first country programme covering a five year period (2007-2011) with an initial budget of US$ 2,25 mln. The UNFPA Country Programme was developed as a result of a very close cooperation with national partners, from the UN system and other donors based on the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). This programme is part of the Government development priorities and objectives, including the Millennium Development Goals; Principles of the International Conference for Population and Development (Cairo, 1994), as well as the fundamental human rights principles.

The UNFPA Country Programme has 3 components: (a) Reproductive Health (b) Population and Development and (c) Gender. The territorial coverage of the Programme is national, including the eastern regions of the Republic of Moldova.

The UN Population Fund supports the Government of the Republic of Moldova in responding to the issues in the field of population and reproductive health. The UNFPA activities offer the necessary frame for the development and harmonization of the legislation and national regulations to the European standards, aimed at Republic of Moldova's accession to the European Union.

The activities carried out by the UN Population Fund in Moldova contributed considerably to promoting the human rights observation, set up quality services for teenagers and youth, creation of many model-clinics of reproductive health, development of professional experience of the national specialists in the field of health and education, objectives stipulated by the portfolio of implemented projects. The implementation of this portfolio in partnership with the Government of the Republic of Moldova led to significant progress in reducing maternal and perinatal death rate, the rate of abortions and rise in the indicators of reproductive health.

At the same time the UN Population Fund, in partnership with UNICEF, offered technical assistance to the Education and Youth Ministry in implementing the subject of Health Education in schools. The promoted activities increased the degree of training of the school teachers and psychologists, the professional and methodical training, the activity of coordination, the information support and promotion in school institutions.

The Ministry of Economy and Trade, The Health Ministry, the Ministry of Social Protection, the Ministry of Education and Youth, the National Office of Statistics became governmental partners over these years. The total assistance offered by the UNFPA to the Government of the Republic of Moldova during the period of collaboration exceeds $US 5 million, assistance developed within 14 projects.

Achievements of UNFPA

Achievements of UNFPA, UN Population Fund, in the Republic of Moldova:

The inauguration of 4 health model-centres for women:
1. Centre "Dalila", Chisinau (1997); 
2. Centre "Ana", Drochia (2000);
3. Centre "Virginia", Cahul (2001);
4. Centre "Nadejda", Camenca (2006);

The inauguration and provision of modern information equipment, mass media resources and equipment to the UNFPA Information and Documentation Centre in the secondary school from the village Drepcauti, district Briceni and of the UNFPA Information and Documentation Centre in the village Plopi-Stiubei, district Causeni (2004-2005);

The inauguration and endowment with modern medical equipment and information technologies of 3 cabinets for family planning in Vulcanesti, Straseni, Lipcani and Chisinau (2004-2005);

Important donations of quality products in reproductive health, at the request of the Ministry of Health. As a result, the number of medical abortions made in Moldova decreased considerably- from 70.000 in 1995 to 15.000 in 2007;

UNFPA contributed to a Study on Research of Reproduction Health in 1997;

Training at national level in partnership with the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy "N. Testemitanu", of doctors and family assistants, doctors for family planning in reproductive health field;

Training of school teachers on "Education for Family Life" together with the Youth and Education Ministry;

Contribution to producing human stories informing on reproductive health;

The logistic and information support for developing the census in Moldova (2004);

Support to the Study in Health and Demography (2005);

Cooperation activities with the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions for enlarging the access to information for the youth from penitentiaries;

Operational support for the 47 cabinets for Family Planning in February 2006 (key medical equipment, endowment with computers and peripheral equipment, development of a computer programme of logistics of quality products in reproductive health field). The total amount of the medical and informational equipment, as well as of the set of quality products in reproduction health field constituted $US 1.026.498 (2006);

Operational and technical support for the creation and activity of the National Commission for Population and Development (CNPD) and its secretariat;

The inauguration of 2 demographic labs (the Academy of Public Administration and Moldova Academy of Economic Studies);

Initiation of the training of public servants in the field of demography at the Public Administration Academy;

Support for developing the Population Green Card in the Republic of Moldova and of the National Strategy on Demographic Security.