Improving Access

We will build the evidence base on meeting rights through improving access to and rights of poor and socially-excluded people to sexual and reproductive health services and technologies.

Our partners have contributed to the existing large body of research and practice on sexual and reproductive health services, in particular on contraceptive services. We will build on this to focus on neglected topics, including post-partum contraception, method-switching, and dual protection.

Issues in improving access include:

•  How can access for poor and socially-excluded people to new or under-used sexual and reproductive health technologies be improved through innovative delivery and financing mechanisms? Relevant technologies include emergency contraception, pregnancy testing kits, and creatively-marketed condoms.

•  How can access to clinical and diagnostic services be improved through involving both public and private providers? Such services include rapid syphilis testing, reproductive tract infections diagnostics, contraceptive technologies, safe abortion and post-abortion care.

•  How can men's sexual and reproductive health needs and concerns be addressed in the context of both service provision, and links to gendered power in sexual relationships and empowerment of women?

•  What structures of accountability in sexual and reproductive health services are possible where conditions are stigmatised and client groups lack voice?