Sexual and reproductive health

Accelerating universal access to reproductive health: Countries leading the way

Geneva Policy Dialogue Series, inaugural event, 18 May 2011

Photo of Dr Flavia Buestro, WHO giving a speech at the inaugural event

This event, held during the World Health Assembly, was hosted by the US Mission to Geneva and organized by RHR and the Aspen Global Health, and brought together senior leaders from low-income countries, development partners, UN agencies, and civil society to share best practices in accelerating progress towards universal access to reproductive health

The Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health Resolve Award, which will recognize innovative approaches by governments to ensure universal access to reproductive health, to be given annually starting in 2012, was announced.

Case studies from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nepal, and Rwanda

The case studies highlight policy innovations to improve and accelerate access to sexual and reproductive health, improved outcomes, and continuing actions to achieve universal access.

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Ethiopia’s Reproductive Health Strategy (2006–2015) identifies six priority areas: social and cultural determinants of women’s reproductive health; fertility and family planning; maternal and newborn health; HIV/AIDS; reproductive health of young people; and reproductive organ cancers.

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The Government of Malawi recognizes the links between improved health, lowered fertility, economic growth and overall development.

Front page Nepal country case study

To achieve its long-term goal of reducing fertility and under-5 mortality, Nepal specifies family planning as a priority element of an Essential Health Care Service in its Health Sector Strategy (2004), Nepal Health Sector Programme–Implementation Plan (2004–2009), and in the Second Long-term Health Plan (2007–2011).

Front page Rwanda case study

In 1995, the Ministry of Health of Rwanda began health sector reforms in accordance with the Lusaka Declaration. These reforms included decentralization of the health system, development of the primary healthcare system, and community participation in managing health service financing.

Cover of publication: Universal access to reproductive health

Universal access to reproductive health - Accelerated actions to enhance progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 through advancing Target 5B