Accelerate progress - sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission

7 July, 2018

Dear HIFA colleagues,

I have been reading The Lancet (May 2018) Accelerate progress — sexual and reproductive health and rights for all: report of the Guttmacher–Lancet Commission

It's notable that the importance of access to reliable information on sexual and reproductive health is firmly recognised across the SRHR community, and is specifically included in the relevant SDG Target. Below are extracts:


SRHR information and services should be accessible and affordable to all individuals who need them regardless of their age, marital status, socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

This report proposes a comprehensive and integrated definition of SRHR and recommends an essential package of SRHR services and information that should be universally available.

Target 3.7—under the health goal—states, “By 2030, ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health-care services, including for family planning, information and education, and the integration of reproductive health into national strategies and programmes”.

Sexual rights are human rights and include the right of all persons, free of discrimination, coercion, and violence, to:... seek, receive, and impart information related to sexuality...

Reproductive health implies that all people are able to receive accurate information about the reproductive system and the services needed to maintain reproductive health...

Reproductive rights rest on the recognition of the human rights of all couples and individuals to decide freely and responsibly the number, spacing, and timing of their children, to have the information and means to do so, and the right to attain the highest standard of reproductive health....

Essential sexual and reproductive health services... should include:

- accurate information and counselling on sexual and reproductive health, including evidence-based, comprehensive sexuality education;

- information, counselling, and care related to sexual function and satisfaction;...


Access to reliable healthcare information is of course vital across all aspects of health and health services, not just SRH, and yet other SDG health targets do not mention it.

See also the report by HIFA representatives Geoff Royston and Chris Zielinski:

Best wishes, Neil

Joint Coordinator, HIFA Project on Family Planning

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