Sexual and reproductive health

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

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Authors:
World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

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

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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.