Project profile — Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in South Africa - Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)


UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund (41119)
2020-09-02 - 2021-06-02
Global Affairs Canada
WGM Africa

Country / region 

• South Africa (100.00%)


• Infectious disease control:
Infectious disease control (12250) (40.00%)
Health education (12261) (10.00%)
Health personnel development (12281) (15.00%)
• Population Policies/Programmes And Reproductive Health: Population policy and administrative management (13010) (15.00%)
• Government And Civil Society, General: Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the project is providing additional funds to protect women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and help respond effectively to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The project addresses discriminatory social norms that perpetuate sexual and gender-based violence and prevent women and girls to realize their SRHR in some of the most marginalized districts of South Africa. It works with communities, including men and boys, and adolescent girls and young women aged 15-24, parents as well as youth and women networks to promote women and girls’ human rights, SRHR, and in preventing SGBV. The project also strives to foster multi-sectoral collaboration across institutions (health, social services, justice, police, education), to strengthen institutional capacity and evidence-based decision-making to increase the availability of quality SRHR and SGBV services (information, counselling and prevention) that respond to the needs of women and girls, free from bias and discrimination. Project activities include: (1) providing training to health workers (doctors, nurses, managers and community health workers) in the targeted districts’ health facilities on proven integrated delivery models of SHRH, SGBV and HIV services that respond to the needs of women and young girls and are free of bias and discrimination; (2) providing training to social service professionals and community health workers on integrated SGBV case management, including referral pathways, and field testing and documentation of results in selected locations in the targeted districts; (3) improving data systems and enhancing disaggregation of data (by sex, age, disability, ethnicity, etc.) to better target SRHR policy and programming; and (4) providing training to community networks that engage with men, boys, parents and caregivers, and young girls to run advocacy campaigns with government to invest in quality SRHR services free from bias and discrimination and prevent and respond to SGBV. The project expects to directly reach 300,000 adolescents girls and young women (between the ages of 15 and 24) and indirectly reach 1.5 million beneficiariesy.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased availability and use of quality sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) prevention and response services free of bias and discrimination for/by the most vulnerable and marginalized AGYW in Nelson Mandela, Alfred Nzo and Uthukela districts in South Africa; and (2) decreased discriminatory and harmful practices and attitudes that perpetuate and validate sexual and gender-based violence and act as barriers to SRHR within targeted households and communities in Nelson Mandela, Alfred Nzo and Uthukela districts in South Africa.

Results achieved 


Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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