Accelerating universal access to reproductive health: Countries leading the way
Geneva Policy Dialogue Series, inaugural event, 18 May 2011
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.
DELIVERING ON THE PROMISE: Continuing the Conversation on Accelerating Progress towards Universal Access
- Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health Resolve Award
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.
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.
The Government of Malawi recognizes the links between improved health, lowered fertility, economic growth and overall development.
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).
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.