Details for ISSUE 7 - SRHR AMONGST KEY AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: A FOCUS ON PWID, SEX WORKERS, LGBT AND PRISON

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Name:ISSUE 7 - SRHR AMONGST KEY AND VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: A FOCUS ON PWID, SEX WORKERS, LGBT AND PRISON
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One of the 17 SDGs is to ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages by 2030’ Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 3). Critical to realising this – and one of the SDG indicators under this goal – is to ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including family planning, information and education, and integrating reproductive health into national strategies and programmes.

At present, there is a massive global shortfall in spending on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), one that is concentrated in Africa, which accounts for 71% of the increase in spending needed to fully satisfy all unmet needs for sexual and reproductive healthcare.1 The Abuja Declaration (2001) was an historic milestone, as leaders of African nations jointly declared, for the first time, that the continent’s HIV and AIDS epidemic was a full-fledged emergency. In response, signatories of the Abuja Declaration pledged to allocate at least 15% of their national budgets to public health by 2015. However, by 2013, only two SADC countries (Malawi and Zambia) had achieved this commitment, with Lesotho and Swaziland close behind.

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