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Now more than ever, we must ensure that the marginalized, the forgotten—the ones often left behind—can exercise their fundamental human right to decide, free of coercion, discrimination and violence, when or how often to have children.

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Across Asia and the Pacific The United Nations Population Fund works to place women, girls and young people at the centre of disaster risk reduction efforts.

We assists governments and civil society partners in responding to emergencies, reducing immediate risks and preparing for future disasters—underpinned by UNFPA’s unique mandate encompassing sexual and reproductive health, gender equality, population data and youth empowerment.

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The United Nations Population Fund’s flagship State of World Population 2016  – titled ‘10: How our shared future depends on a girl at this decisive age’– shows that our collective future will be shaped by how we support the world’s 60 million 10-year-old girls of today, as they move from childhood to adolescence and adulthood in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

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Induced abortion is a serious public health concern as it poses high risk to the health (both mental and physical) and life of women. In 2008, unsafe abortion made up about half of an estimated 44 million induced abortions worldwide, ranging from a negligible proportion in eastern Asia to 65% in south central Asia (Sedgh et al, 2012). About 60% of women of childbearing age live in countries with liberal abortion laws. Yet, safe abortion services are not readily available because few doctors are trained to provide such services. Many doctors are unaware of laws pertaining to abortion (Singh et al., 2009, Sedgh et al., 2011).

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Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been transformed from a commodity-based economy focusing on rubber and tin to one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electrical products, and it is the world’s second largest exporter of palm oil, and one of the region’s major oil and gas exporter. According to key development indicators, Malaysia is now a high middle-income, export-oriented economy, with per capita GDP (in current prices) of US$10,085 in 2012, life expectancy of 74 years and gross primary school enrolment of 100 percent of the school-age population.
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The study on “Evidence-based Strategies for Sexual and Reproductive Health Linkages and HIV in Malaysia” was funded by UNFPA under the 2011 Unified and Budget Work Plan (UBW) as part of their continuing efforts to strengthen the country’s strategic response on HIV prevention education and delivery of linked SRH and HIV services with dedicated integration of the gender perspective among most-at-risk population groups especially young people and sex workers. It was designed to complement the WHO/UNFPA funded study on Strengthening HIV and SRH linkages in Malaysia in 2010 that focused on the “supply” components of linked HIV/SRH services. In fact the study was aimed to evaluate the “demand” aspects, namely programme efficiency and effectiveness through a desk review and the responses from the recipients of such services.
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