Sexual & reproductive health series for all: a call for action
The Lancet sexual and reproductive health series
At the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, the international community agreed to make reproductive health care universally available no later than 2015. After a 5-year review of progress towards implementation of the Cairo programme of action, that commitment was extended to include sexual, as well as reproductive, health and rights.
Although progress has been made towards this commitment, it has fallen a long way short of the original goal. We argue that sexual and reproductive health for all is an achievable goal—if cost-effective interventions are properly scaled up; political commitment is revitalised; and financial resources are mobilised, rationally allocated, and more effectively used. National action will need to be backed up by international action.
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)