Sexual and Reproductive Health is the ability to have a safe and satisfying sex life and the ability to reproduce. It is strongly linked with the freedom for all to decide if, when, how often and with whom one has sex and their freedom to decide if, when and how often to reproduce. Sexual and Reproductive Rights are the right for everyone to make decision about their sexual and reproductive health, including the choice to marry and determine the number, timing and spacing of their children; to sexual and reproductive security free from coercion and violence; to be informed and have access to safe and legal family planning services and to have access to healthcare services enabling women to go safely through pregnancy and childbirth. Family planning allows individuals and couples to anticipate and attain their desired number of children and the spacing and timing of their births. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of involuntary infertility.— European Humanist Federation, 2015
Our consultants have been involved in research projects on sexual and reproductive health and rights in sub-Saharan Africa that include:
- Impact and process evaluation of programmes that focus on shifting norms, expectations and practices related to child marriage and contraceptive use in adolescent girls.
- The impact of integration of sexual and reproductive health services on clinical staff time and staff workload.
- The impact and cost-effectiveness of introducing new contraceptive technologies on reducing the number of women with unmet need for contraception in terms of unintended and mistimed pregnancies.