Resources on Sexual & reproductive health

For millions of young people around the world, the onset of adolescence brings not only changes to their bodies but also new vulnerabilities to human rights abuses, particularly in the arenas of sexuality, marriage and childbearing...

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Women everywhere face a risk in giving birth. Worldwide, about 15 per cent of all women suffer complications during childbirth that can become life threatening when not managed quickly and appropriately.

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Adolescence is a decisive age for girls around the world. What transpires during a girl’s teenage years shapes the direction of her life and that of her family.

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According to the World Health Organization, there are 500 million new sexually transmitted infection cases each year, of which 93 million are in Africa. Investments in women’s health during their childbearing years not only save women’s lives, but also produce ripple effects that benefit families, communities and nations.

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Basic and comprehensive care Basic emergency obstetric and newborn care is critical to reducing maternal and neonatal death. This care, which can be provided with skilled staff in health centres, large or small,...

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Reliable access to contraceptives and other commodities is a fundamental requirement for reproductive health. Yet millions of women in developing countries go without these essentials, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS, and the risks of childbirth without basic equipment or medical supplies.

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At the Fifth Asian and Pacific Population Conference held in Bangkok in December 2002, ministers and senior officials from 35 countries adopted a Plan of Action calling for stepped-up efforts and increased resources to provide reproductive health care, combat AIDS and protect adolescents against unwanted or too-early pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease.

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Every minute, every day, a woman in the developing world dies from pregnancy-related complications. Most of these—some 529,000 deaths a year—can be prevented. The solution boils down to a single word: Access. Access to information. Access to contraception. Access to quality care before, during and after childbirth.

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The nine case studies presented in this brochure are drawn from a longer UNFPA report entitled, "Culture Matters: Working with Communities and Faith-based Organizations". It highlights the necessity of mainstreaming cultural analysis and sensitivity in development efforts addressing issues such as gender equality and equity, HIV/AIDS, female genital cutting, gender-based violence and reproductive health.

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This guidance is intended to alert a broad array of stakeholders -- in sexual and reproductive health, immunization, child and adolescent health, and cancer control programmes.

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