Policy Brief - Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Policy Brief - Investing in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

No. of pages: 32

Publication date: 17 January 2018

Author: UNFPA

Publisher: UNFPA

The new 2030 development agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals calls on all of us to step up our efforts in our areas of work to meet targets set. Indeed meeting these targets and achieving positive outcomes in the area of Sexual Reproductive Health requires huge investment and c o l l a b o r a This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence by all key stakeholders.

In Zimbabwe the new development agenda presents opportunities for achieving these positive outcomes. We know that many women and girls are dying from complications of child birth. At estimated 8 women and girls die every day due to pregnancy complications. Many other women and girls suffer serious birth injuries such as fistula. It is well known that every maternal death is associated with 20 to 50 cases of severe maternal morbidity or injuries. Until 2 years ago, women living with fistula could not receive treatment. We are now reaching women with life changing surgery but we still need to reach much more.

This booklet highlights in greater detail some of the areas requiring our attention as various stakeholders and investment and support for improved outcomes on maternal health, particularly the prevention and treatment of cervical cancer and fistula, access to family planning, young people’s development and prevention and response to Gender Based Violence.