Sexual and reproductive health: a matter of life and death
The Lancet sexual & reproductive health series
Despite the call for universal access to reproductive health at the 4th International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, sexual and reproductive health was omitted from the Millennium Development Goals and remains neglected.
Sexual and reproductive health services are absent or of poor quality and underused in many countries because discussion of issues such as sexual intercourse and sexuality make people feel uncomfortable. The increasing influence of conservative political, religious, and cultural forces around the world threatens to undermine progress made since 1994, and arguably provides the best example of the detrimental intrusion of politics into public health.
Links to the published Lancet papers
- Sexual and reproductive health: a matter of life and death
- Sexual behaviour in context: a global perspective
- Family planning: the unfinished agenda
- Unsafe abortion: the preventable pandemic
- Global control of sexually transmitted infections
- Sexual and reproductive health for all: a call for action (Summary)