The objective of Critical Considerations and Actions for Achieving Universal Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Context of Universal Health Coverage through a Primary Health Care Approach is to provide guidance to WHO Member States for ensuring progress towards universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in the context of primary health care (PHC)- and universal health coverage (UHC)-related policy and strategy reforms.
Critical Considerations and Actions is intended for stakeholders working towards ensuring universal access to SRH services within individual country programmes especially in the context of UHC strategies. These stakeholders include highlevel decision-makers responsible for setting policies, strategies and plans and for developing budgets for PHC and SRH services at national and subnational levels. Critical Considerations and Actions is also designed to support wider health systems communities: specialists in health financing; gender specialists; health insurance authorities; national statistical offices; monitoring specialists; advocates, researchers, consultants and civil society organizations active in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); and private sector partners.
The WHO Reproductive Health Strategy, which recognizes the crucial role of SRH in social and economic development in all communities, calls for action in five key areas:
1 strengthening the capacity of health systems;
2 improving information for priority setting;
3 mobilizing political will;
4 creating supportive legislative and regulatory frameworks; and
5 strengthening monitoring, evaluation and accountability.