Investing in sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls to reach HIV and UHC goals
The Lancet "Each year, 200 million women have an unmet need for modern contraception, more than 45 million women receive inadequate or no antenatal care, 1 million women and girls acquire HIV, and 25 million abortions are unsafe. These numbers illustrate huge gaps in access to basic sexual and reproductive health services, posing serious challenges to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. These gaps in access are heightened by reduced financing for international development, and highlight the importance and urgency of strengthening linkages between HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programmes.
The Guttmacher–Lancet Commission on SRHR highlights the need for all women and girls to be able to access an integrated package of SRHR interventions, which includes HIV prevention, treatment, and care." (Photo: Patrik M. Loeff/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)