Sexual and reproductive health

Sexual & reproductive health series for all: a call for action

The Lancet sexual and reproductive health series

Mahmoud F Fathalla, Steven W Sinding, Allan Rosenfield, Mohammed M F Fathalla

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Publication details

Number of pages: 6
Publication date: 2006
Languages: English
WHO reference number: Pre-print version of a Lancet paper


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.

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