Fact Sheet: Sexual and Reproductive Health in the Context of Universal Health Coverage

Fact Sheet

More than 100 countries are in the process of adopting or embarking on universal health coverage (UHC) and health reform strategies, such as pro-poor national insurance and decentralization. These initiatives aim to ensure that all people can access needed health services and supplies without suffering financially when paying for them, and that the health system is ready to respond effectively to the most disadvantaged.

Despite the momentum toward improving health coverage, 400 million people lack access to one or more of seven lifesaving health services, including those related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH). The recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize that ensuring universal access to SRH information, services and supplies, and integrating SRH into national strategies are critical to reducing global maternal mortality.