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South Sudan: Formal Presentation of the Country Programme Documents for South Sudan and Zambia


Formal presentation by the Regional Director Lydia Zigomo of the UNFPA country programme documents: East and Southern Africa region – South Sudan and Zambia

With less than eight years to 2030, the year collectively set for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and UNFPA’s commitment of zero unmet need for family planning, zero preventable maternal deaths and zero gender-based violence, the East and Southern Africa region is re-energised to deliver the transformative results. Building forward better from the COVID-19 pandemic has further amplified the urgency for accelerated actions across all countries in the region to ensure we meet these ambitious goals.

It is my pleasure to present for your consideration the country programmes for South Sudan and Zambia for the periods 2023-2025 and 2023-2027, respectively.

These two programmes build on the progress made in the last cycle and exemplify the country-specific differentiated programme approaches necessary to respond to the challenges curtailing the fulfilment of women and girls’ potential in the region, which are exacerbated by disease outbreaks, conflicts, climate-related and other humanitarian crises.

The adolescent birth rate in ESA of 92 births per 1000 girls aged 15-19 years is more than twice the global average and underscores the high unmet need for family planning in the region. The average maternal mortality ratio is 392 deaths per 100,000 live births, with several countries, including South Sudan, having an elevated risk of maternal death as evidenced by maternal mortality ratios above 500 deaths.