18-19 JUNE 2019 / Tour & Taxis / Brussels

WOMEN / GIRLS AND HEALTH

Sexual and reproductive health

High rates of mortality in pregnancy and child birth, and high neonatal mortality across many countries are almost entirely preventable. Universal access to an affordable essential package of high quality basic services, including universal access to SRHR and comprehensive sexuality education, can improve health and wellbeing of women and men, girls and boys, and close the gaps between rich and poor, towns and the countryside, and between countries and within them.

The availability of skilled health workers and hygienic and well equipped medical facilities will give women and their families the confidence to seek care during pregnancy and child birth, and to make timely decisions on family planning to ensure every pregnancy is wanted.

Nutrition education should be part and parcel of integrated service provision to ensure families are well informed on appropriate diet for mothers, adolescent girls and children to prevent illness and death, including providing exclusive breastfeeding to the infant for the first 6 months.