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United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Founded in 1969, the UN Population Fund is the largest international source of population assistance. Almost one-quarter of all funds to developing countries are channelled through the organisation which works in three main areas: reproductive health issues for both men and women, including family planning; population and development; and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS.

It signed a cooperative agreement with UNHCR on June 30, 1995, to help assess the reproductive health needs of refugees; advocate measures to prevent and provide protection from sexual violence; and integrate information on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases in UNHCR's health services.

The two agencies also co-operate in counselling adolescents about sexually transmitted diseases and reproductive health.