Curricular review and integration for training in sexual and reproductive health and rights needed in sub-Saharan Africa: A call for action

Friday Okonofua, Abbas Lawal Ibrahim, Ibraheem Awowole


The science of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) came into international consciousness at the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) which took place in Cairo, Egypt in 19941 . The conference was a paradigm shift that made several groundbreaking recommendations leading to a broader understanding that the rights and dignity of individuals (especially women) were more essential to global development than a narrow focus on family planning. The ICPD was followed by the Beijing Conference on women in 1995, the Millennium Declaration in 2000, and the Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, all of which underscored the principles relating to the promotion of gender equality, equity, and social justice as relevant and critical to global development. These international agreements also called for the strengthening of national healthcare systems and the development of appropriate numbers of human resources in health as core requirements needed to improve the quality of SRHR services.

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