Sexual & reproductive health & rights: Overview

This module aims to support faith leaders and communities to understand and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). It offers information as well as faith-based case studies and practical tools to promote SRHR.

  • Lack of access to sexual and reproductive health care is a significant global health concern for men, women, trans people and intersex people around the world. In Africa, less than one-third of the population has access to sexual and reproductive health services.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, where a large numbers of people live in poverty, women’s sexual and reproductive health is undermined by gender inequality and other factors that imping on women’s freedom to make decisions about sex and reproduction. 
  • In understanding SRHR it is also important to consider those that are marginalised and/or vulnerable. This could be because of their age (both young and old), ability, gender identity, sexual orientation or they are living with HIV. Most SRH policies fail to take into account the needs of individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI). 
  • Faith leaders, as influential members of community, have an important role to play in addressing these and other SRHR related challenges.