The Government of Turkmenistan, with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has completed an “Investment case study to address unmet need for family planning in Turkmenistan by 2030”.
A study presented on the eve of World Population Day found that an additional 11 million US dollars is needed in Turkmenistan to achieve universal access to reproductive health, which is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
Following the commitments made at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) held in Nairobi in 2019, Turkmenistan initiated a study using a global methodology developed by UNFPA in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University, Victoria University and the University of Washington, and Avenir Health.
Family planning is not only a human rights issue. Family planning contributes to economic development and is a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. When countries prioritize and invest in family planning, they contribute to healthier populations, more efficient health systems, and stronger economies.
Turkmenistan has taken on financial responsibility and has been providing reproductive health commodities for vulnerable women free of charge since 2017, previously funded by UNFPA. This Government commitment also contributes to improving maternal health indicators in Turkmenistan. As the global pandemic threatens to reverse these positive gains, it is imperative to continue investing in these areas.
In the face of a global pandemic, UNFPA is supporting the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan to ensure that 95 reproductive health clinics across the country are not experiencing a shortage of reproductive health commodities. Family planning also plays a key role in the empowerment of women.