Sexual and reproductive health

Achieving Millennium Development Goal 5: target 5A and 5B on reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health

Briefing note

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Briefing note

Publication details

Number of pages: 4
Publication date: 2009
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/09.06 - Web only


The achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), particularly those related to health, is strongly underpinned by the progress that can be made on sexual and reproductive health. It is a pillar for supporting the overall health of communities, in particular, that of women. Ill-health from causes related to sexuality and reproduction remains a major cause of preventable death, disability, and suffering among women, particularly in low and middle-income countries. Apart from ill-health consequences, poor sexual and reproductive health contributes significantly to poverty, inhibiting affected individuals’ full participation in socio-economic development.