IPPF tells World Health Organisation to take stock before it's too late

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IPPF is calling on people to register their concern with the Director General of the World Health Organisation after it proposed dropping a crucial international target on  universal access to reproductive health and contraception.

This target, “5b”, had been added to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2007 after much campaigning. The MDGs are due to come to an end next year and will be replaced with a new set of global targets – known as the post-2015 framework.

IPPF is campaigning to make sure that the new framework includes sexual and reproductive health and rights as essential priorities.

There was widespread concern last month when WHO released its draft proposals for the new post-2015 health goal which shockingly dropped the target which aims for all women and men to have access to  reproductive health and contraception.

At the moment around 220 million people worldwide don’t have access to contraception. This lack of access has a huge knock-on effect on the lives of those individual women and girls around the world – having a baby at a young age means girls have to abandon their education which limits their ability to get jobs.  It also has an impact on their families, their communities and ultimately their nations.

The Director General of IPPF, Tewodros Melesse, said: “Excluding universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights from the post-2015 framework would constitute a rolling back of the MDGs, and a missed opportunity.

Instead of dropping the target we have a rare opportunity to advance the agenda beyond the MDGs to work towards a vision of sustainable development for all and universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Mr Melesse added that individuals who were empowered to make informed choices about their own bodies and sexuality were the cornerstone of achieving sustainable development.

IPPF is sending a message to Dr Margaret Chan, the Director General of WHO, to demand the draft recommendation is changed so it includes universal access to reproductive health  and contraception

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