Inequality fuels poor sexual and reproductive health
DateFebruary 27, 2017
SourceThe Daily Star
TypeIn the News
Bangladesh is widely recognised as a success story and as a somewhat exceptional case when it comes to the improvement of maternal and newborn health. During the 15-year era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (2000-2015) maternal mortality was halved and the number of couples, mostly women, accessing contraception increased to 62 percent. Is Bangladesh thus winning in the pursuit for universal sexual and reproductive health care services for all of its citizens? Unfortunately, it is not quite as straightforward; the many achievements already made are still outweighed by some significant challenges the country faces – especially girls and women. Concerted efforts at ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health related information and services, placing women and girls at the heart of the initiatives, will be key to achieving the Vision 2021 and the global Agenda 2030 including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).