In 1994, at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, a 20 year program of action for universal access to reproductive health care was adopted by 179 countries. In 2000, the international community recommitted itself to the goals of the ICPD by adopting eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations Millennium Summit. One MDG, number five, which calls for improvements in maternal mortality, was expanded in 2007 to explicitly include 5b, ‘universal access to reproductive health.’
Today increasing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, including through the integration of HIV and SRH, has become a global priority. Increasing access to these services results in improvements in a range of health and economic indicators. At HE2RO we strive to contribute to improved understanding of how best to offer these services given limited resources. Our focus includes women, including young women, men and adolescents.