Achieving Reproductive Access to Reproductive Health Services & Commodities; and The Pacific Policy Framework 2008 - 2015

No. of pages: 88

Publication date: 2009

Author: Mr Najib Assifi

 

Reliable access to contraceptives and other commodities is a fundamental requirement for reproductive health. Yet thousands of women and men in the Pacifi c go without these essentials, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections including HIV and the risk of childbirth without basic equipment or medical supplies. While the need for reproductive health products is rising, donor support is declining. During the 1990s, governments and individuals provided 60 per cent of the costs of contraceptives worldwide, while donors covered 40 per cent of the costs. Today, donor support has declined to around 27 per cent of the total.”