A group of experts that advise the World Health Organization (WHO) on science and human rights, including Population Council’s Kenya country director Harriet Birungi and board member Anna Glasier, call attention to the new dangers faced by women and girls.
In an open letter published in The Guardian, the coauthors note the significant global progress in reproductive and maternal health but warn that “growing global opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights” poses a dire threat to these gains.
“Current global trends – increasing stigmatisation of essential information and health services, continued support for harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM, increasing restrictions on contraceptive services and abortion care, and decreasing funding – threaten the provision of life-saving care needed by women and girls, especially the poorest and most marginalised.”
The co-authors are members of the scientific and technical advisory group and the gender and rights advisory panel of the human reproduction programme of the WHO.
“As an independent, global body of scientists, we call on the international community, governments, private sector and others to protect everyone’s right to the highest attainable standards of sexual and reproductive health, to safeguard the tremendous progress made to date, and to take all necessary steps to sustain and expand sexual and reproductive health programmes and research.”
Read more at The Guardian.