The "Forum of NGOs to sexual and reproductive health and
development" was in Berlin today with a call to end the ICPD 1994 Action Plan
investments in health sectors, voice of civil society forces and more
international donor funds, follow leave. "Comprehensive sexual and reproductive
health is a human right and central to sustainable development and poverty
reduction," said Sonja Weinreich, health expert of the EED.
Sexual and reproductive health for example, means that men and women know how they can protect themselves from HIV / AIDS. That they can decide for themselves when and with whom they have children and women receive medical care during pregnancy and birth. This is not the case in many countries around the world. 1994 was therefore adopted in Cairo in the world population peaks of the ICPD plan of action with the sexual and reproductive health of women and men should be improved. The conference in Berlin has discussed what has been achieved since 1994.
The conclusion of the conference is that there is progress in some countries. In Kenya and Rwanda, the HIV infections have declined. In some regions of South Asia, the maternal and child mortality has decreased - but only in the wealthier middle class. These advances are still too few people to be Good: 33 million people are infected with HIV worldwide. In Africa, three-quarters of new infections occur in young women, because they do not have enough knowledge to protect themselves or because they can be raped. Every year half a million women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. All of these deaths could be prevented with the help of midwives and doctors. All forms of sexual violence and violence against women have increased since the Cairo conference.
The Forum therefore calls for:
The guarantee sexual and reproductive rights as human rights: through legal reforms and new family policy in the individual countries. investment in comprehensive reproductive health services. Providing and information on health services, especially for young people. More donor funding for this area of the health sector.
"Currently there is a lack to put this issue on the agenda of the
political will of many governments. Issues affecting women in many countries
have not a high priority, and women have not been set in many communities to be
representing their own rights, "Sonja Weinreich said.
The forum was the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), aligned and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. The Church Development Service (EED) promotes numerous partner organizations working in the field of sexual and reproductive health worldwide.