Guttmacher-Lancet Commission On SRHR To Address Best Available Evidence, Strategies, Links To Achieving SDGs

Devex: How SRHR has become central to achieving the SDGs
Ann Starrs, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute

“…[P]rogress on [sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR)] is inextricably linked with larger development goals like reducing poverty, achieving better health, and ensuring equal rights for women and girls. … But while the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are comprehensive, visionary, and inspiring in many ways, they are also limited in the scope of SRHR issues they address. … As a result, the SDG indicators are unlikely to include certain critically important elements of SRHR, including safe abortion care, nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and the need for high-quality, confidential and timely sexual and reproductive health services. … To address these likely gaps, we have partnered with The Lancet to establish a commission on SRHR in the post-2015 world. The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission will articulate a vision, define priorities, and produce a set of SRHR recommendations on the basis of the best available evidence. These recommendations are expected to be released in 2017 and will make the case for policies and programs to turn that vision into reality over the next 15 years…” (11/30).