Integrating sexual health interventions into reproductive health services: programme experience from developing countries


K. de Koning, S. Hawkes, A. Martin Hilber, M. Waelkens, M. Colombini, H. Ormel, Anke van der Kwaak

Ten years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), it is relevant and necessary to review and reflect on progressmade in implementing a more holistic and comprehensive view of reproductive health care, as called for in the ICPD Programme of Action. In
1994, the international health community agreed on the need to integrate sexual and reproductive health care services to meet the needs of women,
men and adolescents throughout the life-cycle. Integration was seen to provide the best hope and means for quality, comprehensive and cost-effective service delivery. Since that time, however, efforts to integrate services have produced mixed results, and there is now a need to take stock of accomplishments and to suggest where further efforts are needed if countries are to provide quality, comprehensive sexual and reproductive
health care.