Making Good Sexual and Reproductive Health A Reality For All
Sexual and reproductive health for all is an achievable goal - if cost-effective interventions are properly scaled up; political commitment is revitalised; and ﬁnancial resources are mobilised, rationally allocated, and more effectively used, write Mahmoud Fathalla (Assiut University, Egypt) and colleagues.
Scaling-up cost effective interventions
- Interventions need to be tailored to the local context; there's no magic bullet solution.
- Focus is needed on the modiﬁcation and building of basic health-care systems, especially in rural areas.
- Training of health personnel other than physicians is needed because of the current human resource crisis.
- Non-governmental organisations have a key role to play; they can move more quickly and less clumsily than governments.
- HIV/AIDS services need to be linked with sexual and reproductive health services Revitalisation of political commitment.
- NGOs are well placed to present evidence to policymakers.
- Economic arguments about the beneﬁts of good sexual reproductive health are the way forward in the competition for scarce resources.