Leaving no one behind - Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights

Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is critical to achieving universal health coverage and thereby the Sustainable Development Goals. Universal health coverage must promote women’s, men’s, children’s and adolescents’ mental and physical health and ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights without discrimination of any kind. It must include addressing barriers people face when seeking these services and ensure they are available, accessible, acceptable and of good quality.

Leaving no one behind: Universal health coverage and sexual and reproductive health and rights is a synthesis of evidence revealed from a literature review commissioned by IPPF. The results highlight underfunding of sexual and reproductive health including: substantial out‑of‑pocket expenditure among poor households resulting in financial hardship; critical sexual and reproductive health services such as gender‑based violence services not being included in the essential healthcare packages and poorly run health facilities that do not serve the needs of the vulnerable and marginalized.