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[Reproductive health: integral part of human development].

Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista panamericana de salud pública = Pan American journal of public health
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1998
Volume
4
Issue
3
Pages
211–217
Identifiers
PMID: 9796393
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The concept of reproductive health has changed throughout the years until it has come to be understood as a constant that goes beyond biological concerns and is related to the values, culture, and personal fulfillment of each human being. It encompasses, therefore, a wide range of action in individual and family life as well as in the collective development of populations. Promoting and maintaining reproductive health requires quality services with equitable access. PAHO has cooperated in this field with Member States for over 30 years, during which maternal and child mortality has diminished, the notion of integral adolescent health has been disseminated, the subject has been added to professional health curriculums, pertinent activities have been integrated into the health services, and new data have been gathered to inform policies and activities on reproductive health. The present situation of national health sector reforms presents a unique opportunity for approaching anew old problems related to reproductive health, to examine policies and strategies, and to implement changes that reaffirm the commitments made in international forums.

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