|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 102-103
Targeting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women: United Nations population fund
Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava1, Prateek Saurabh Shrivastava2
1 Vice-Principal Curriculum, Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||23-Apr-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||26-Jul-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||21-Jan-2020|
Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu - 603108
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Targeting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women: United Nations population fund. BLDE Univ J Health Sci 2021;6:102-3
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Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Targeting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women: United Nations population fund. BLDE Univ J Health Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 19];6:102-3. Available from: https://www.bldeujournalhs.in/text.asp?2021/6/1/102/276308
The right to sexual and reproductive health services refers to having a prompt access to and receiving quality assured and time-bound care desired to match the demands of women throughout their life, including the freedom to make reproductive decisions. Owing to the consistent efforts of health stakeholders, we have been able to make significant progress toward accomplishing universal health coverage, but then, it is an alarming fact that the unmet need for sexual and reproductive health services is significant, and there is an immense need to have prompt attention., The available global estimates suggest that a major proportion of the 4.3 billion people in their reproductive age group at some point in their life are deprived of these services, which is difficult to digest.
Since the global declaration in the 1960s, the right of people to decide about the number and spacing of their children was given. Subsequently, more number of individuals exercised their rights for family planning due to better accessibility of the same, and similar trends were observed due to the empowerment of women., Even though, we can very well state and argue that the reproductive rights and choices have become a reality for a major proportion of women than ever, it is disappointing to see that a significant percentage of the women are not empowered to take a fundamental decision about their own bodies., Infact, the percentage of unmet needs among women from marginalized sections (viz., ethnic minorities, unmarried people, disabled people, poor socioeconomic status, etc.) of the community is extremely high.
We all have to travel a long way to ensure that all women and girls are able to exercise their rights given to them for their own bodies and thus make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. It is high time that prompt and strategic steps are taken to empower women to have a definite say in reproductive decisions, and we continue to work on until it becomes a reality for all women.,,, For the very first time, the United Nations Population Fund has released a report highlighting the ability of women to take their decision pertaining to the availing health care, adoption of family planning methods, and sexual intercourse with their partner. It was reported that 43% of the married women or those in a relationship were in a position to make their own choices in all the three-mentioned dimensions.
Moreover, the interventions pertaining to self-care (such as self-testing, screening, and self-management) need to be strengthened as it will provide an opportunity for the health systems to improve equitable access to health care and even improve the quality of care. In addition, it will play an important role in augmenting the use of preventive services and ensuring better treatment adherence.
In conclusion, it is high time that all the women and girls are given decision-making powers over their own bodies, and this can only happen provided all the global leaders, governments, and health professionals commit toward realizing their rights worldwide.
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