Government policies and changes in sexual and reproductive health and rights in southern Africa


    This research is an analysis of both government policies that affect sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and changes in knowledge, behaviour and reproductive health among different sociodemographic groups in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

    The sectors analysed are: 1) HIV, AIDS and other STIs, 2) Fertility, contraception and the unmet need for family planning, 3) Abortion, 4) Maternal and child health, 5) Adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights, 6) Access to reproductive health services, 7) Gender issues, and 8) The position of sexual minorities.

    An assessment is made of how government policies have changed over time and how they relate to major international commitments and the policies of African regional organisations such as the African Union (AU) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Information used in analysing the current state of sexual and reproductive health, differentials and trends is taken in the main from Demographic and Health Surveys. The report offers practical policy recommendations based on its findings.

    Gällande start-/slutdatum15/04/200831/05/2009