Get development's most important headlines in your inbox every day. This accounts for at least 20 per cent of the burden of global ill health for women of reproductive age, and 14 per cent for men. The major barrier in comprehensive service provision is too few trained staff.
A rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health can add momentum to policy-making and improvement of services.
Sexual and reproductive ill health includes death and disability related to pregnancy, abortion and childbirth, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, and reproductive tract cancers.
Poor sexual and reproductive health and huge unmet need for family planning is threatening wider development, especially in Africa, where UN projections show a population increase from million in to 2, million in An estimated 38 per cent of all pregnancies in Asia are unintended, and 21 per cent of pregnancies end in induced abortion, indicating a high unmet need for contraception.
It is also one of the smartest investments we can make to create a more equitable and prosperous world. Health service coverage in many high burden countries is currently far short of adequate.
Often reproductive health is a low priority in budgets. Important progress has been made, but there remains much to be done to achieve universal access to reproductive health services by There has been little change in investment in basic sexual and reproductive health services.
To raise awareness about sexual and reproductive health, country offices of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, and their national partners are organizing a variety of World Population Day events and campaigns—including debates, essay and photo contests, TV and radio talk shows, billboard campaigns, a family planning fair and a march for universal access.