How SRHR integration in medical curricula (should) support equitable and rights-based health around the globe

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Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) are globally under threat. Even in settings where SRHR policy and regulations are liberalized, people face barriers to access quality, non-biased and rights-based care. Given concerns in many countries of declining numbers of health care professionals able and willing to provide SRHR care, including around sensitive issues such as abortion care, SRHR for young people and for LGBTQI+ amongst others, the need to ensure early-career training is urgent and essential.

Also in less sensitive reproductive health issues the voice and rights of individuals are often challenged by cultural or political arguments of others. Failure to ensure that the next generation of professionals have appropriate levels of SRHR skills and knowledge of the SRHR discourse, will be a failure to commit to meeting the basic health care needs and rights of people.

This session aims to facilitate global and local learning on the developments and needs for SRHR in medical curricula. It provides a general overview on the global status of SRHR in medical curricula, lessons learned from previous initiatives to improve SRHR in medical curricula and a call to action for the inclusion of it.


  • Irene de Vries, MD, MA, RMNCAH advisor, KIT Royal Tropical InstituteAnke van der Kwaak, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, SRHR advisorPrisca Zwanikken, KIT Royal Tropical Institute, SRHR and education advisorFerry (ENTOG) Boekhorst

  • Goknur Topcu

  • Dr. Ba Sidi Yaya, President of the Association of Private Health Schools of Mali

  • Anne Vervoort, SeksHag, general practicioner