UNFPA Malaysia in action

Hand in hand with the Government of Malaysia

UNFPA has provided assistance since 1973. In 2003, the Government of Malaysia became the first Asia Pacific counterpart to agree to cost share the UNFPA Programme. The cooperation framework in place in the years since then has enabled joint investments in advising on key population and development issues, focusing on vulnerable populations and young people, in terms of their access to contraception and their sexual and reproductive health needs. More than half of Malaysia’s population is below the age of 30, while the proportion of elderly people is fast growing reaching 15% of the population by 2030. Programmes further strengthen the response to gender-based violence through the public health system and support the incorporation of population dynamics in policy and programme planning. Through South-South cooperation, UNFPA also encourages the exchange of experiences between Malaysia and developing nations.