Stronger Voices for Reproductive Health

Stronger Voices for Reproductive Health

Stronger Voices for Reproductive Health is a UNFPA-led project that supports partnerships to improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health care in 6 developing countries: India, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru and Tanzania. UNFPA partners with ILO/STEP, UNICEF, and WHO on this project.

Quality of care is critical. Far from being a luxury, improving quality of care is a cost-effective way of achieving the ultimate goal -- better reproductive and sexual health for women and men. If clients are treated with respect and their particular needs taken into account, they will use services more often and gain confidence in understanding their reproductive health. Quality services are safe, effective, affordable, and responsive to users’ reproductive rights.

Central to the Stronger Voices initiative is women's empowerment, as the crux to strengthen women's voices for quality reproductive health care. Knowledge in reproductive health and rights empowers women to make informed decisions regarding their sexual and reproductive health. Good quality of care provides women with the information and services they need to lead healthier, more productive lives.

A user's right to quality reproductive health care is the cornerstone of the project. The initiative aims to enable women to better articulate their reproductive needs and rights through the establishment of community-based mechanisms that give them a stronger voice in securing quality sexual and reproductive health care. It will also encourage more interaction between health care providers and users.

By bringing together users and providers, Stronger Voices seeks to bridge their unique perspectives and experiences toward improved quality and reproductive health for all.

What's NEW

Launched in 2001, with funding from the United Nations Foundation (UNF), Stronger Voices builds on the respective strengths and experiences of four UN partners: UNFPA, ILO/STEP, UNICEF, and WHO.

Planning activities are underway in the six pilot countries -- India, Kyrgyzstan, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru and Tanzania.

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