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Nepal moves to improve its reproductive health

Nepal moves to improve its reproductive health

Marking the Global Day of Action, Family Planning Association of Nepal has urged the government to make sexual and reproductive health rights of women a high-priority issue.

In a bid to meet the target to deliver sexual and reproductive rights for all by 2020, FPAN plans to introduce a new work plan in 2015. FPAN and hundreds of member organisations of International Planned Parenthood Federation have globally decided to position sexual and reproductive health rights as top priority of respective governments.

FPAN said it is working in the sexual and reproductive health sector with branch offices in 42 districts with more than 11,000 volunteers. It also said it is committed to improving the quality of lives of individuals through various services and awareness programmes. It has been defending the right of all young people to enjoy their sexual lives free from ill health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination, and working to empower women to exercise their sexual and reproductive health rights.

Some statistics in Nepal:

– 29 per cent of girls in the age group 15-19, who are already in a formal marriage, lack access to critical information on sexual and reproductive health rights and related services

– 17 per cent of girls in the age group 15-19 have already had a birth or are pregnant with their first child

– 25 per cent of women of reproductive age in Nepal experience unplanned pregnancies

– only 29 per cent of women have ever heard of emergency contraception and only 0.1 per cent have actually used it

Source: WOREC report on sexual and reproductive health rights of women in Nepal (2013)

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