Reproductive Health and Rights

The critical importance of reproductive health to achieving international development goals was affirmed at the highest level at the 2005 World Summit. Reproductive health is also a human right. Yet, reproductive health conditions are the leading cause of death and illness in women of childbearing age worldwide, and at least 200 million women want to plan their families or space their children, but lack access to safe and effective contraception. UNFPA promotes a holistic approach to reproductive health care that includes:
Universal access to accurate information, a range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods, and sensitive counselling; Ensuring that quality obstetric and antenatal care is available to all pregnant women; Prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV; Investments in reproductive health save and improve lives, slow the spread of HIV and encourage gender equality. These benefits extend from the individual to the family and from the family to the world.

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The critical importance of reproductive health to achieving international development goals was affirmed at the highest level at the 2005 World Summit. Reproductive health is also a human right. Yet, reproductive health conditions are the leading cause of death and illness in women of childbearing age worldwide, and at least 200 million women want to plan their families or space their children, but lack access to safe and effective contraception.

UNFPA promotes a holistic approach to reproductive health care that includes:

  • Universal access to accurate information, a range of safe and affordable contraceptive methods, and sensitive counselling
  • Ensuring that quality obstetric and antenatal care is available to all pregnant women
  • Prevention and management of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV
  • Investments in reproductive health save and improve lives, slow the spread of HIV and encourage gender equality. These benefits extend from the individual to the family and from the family to the world.