by Ann M Starrs, Alex C Ezeh, Gary Barker et al.
The Lancet, Published Online May 9, 2018
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) are fundamental to people’s health and survival, to economic development, and to the wellbeing of humanity. Several decades of research have shown – and continue to show – the profound and measurable benefits of investment in sexual and reproductive health. Through international agreements, governments have committed to such investment. Yet progress has been stymied because of weak political commitment, inadequate resources, persistent discrimination against women and girls, and an unwillingness to address issues related to sexuality openly and comprehensively. 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.