It is generally accepted that SRHR knowledge can help young people make healthy and informed choices about their reproductive health which has a direct impact on their quality of life and standard of living. Sexual and reproductive health of women should be viewed from the perspective of women’s human right to health which includes access to medicines for sexual health and reduction of maternal mortality. It is also critical that when people access services, health care providers and institutions respect their rights and offer them high quality care, including a wide choice of contraceptive methods and information needed to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health. Significantly, and in order to protect young women’s health and lives, it is critical to promote access to safe abortion and to reduce the incidence and complications from unsafe abortion.
Panel of Experts: Renata Tallarico, UNFPA; Ms. Alive Saili, UNESCO; Mrs. Peggy Azemia, MoH; Ms. Barathi Viswanathan, MoH; and Ms. Naomi Vidot, Youth Commission.
Lead: Renata Tallarico, UNFPA.
Co-lead: Lois Chingandu, SAfAIDS.
Moderator: Ms. Rosie Bistoquet Youth Health Centre and SRHR.
Co- Moderator: Dr Bhupinder Aulakh, WHO Seychelles.
Rapporteur: Ms. Edna Kanguya, Staff of Parliament Zambia.