Regional targets

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The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Programme is critical to ensure universal access to reproductive health services and attainment the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4, 5 and 6. The MDGs are based on the principles of human dignity, equality and equity for the rights of men and women ensuring access to health.

More specifically the targets in the African Region are: (i) to reduce the mortality rate, between 1990 and 2015, by two-thirds among children under five ; (ii) to reduce by 2015 the mortality maternal ratio by 75% of its 1990 level and (iii) to contribute, by 2015, to halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Based on the "Reproductive Health Strategy for the African Region", and in close collaboration with the other related health programmes, the aim of the SRH Programme is:

  • to reduce maternal deaths, resulting from unsafe abortions, to less than 10% of the maternal mortality rate
  • to reduce the incidence of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections in adolescents by 30%
  • to provide all individuals and couples with the necessary relevant information, knowledge and tools of sexual and reproductive health to ensure appropriate timing and spacing of births
  • to promote screening programmes for early detection of cervical pre-cancer, invasive cervical and institute appropriate management.