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20091203 Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Persons with Disabilities WHO UNFPA


20091203 Promoting Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Persons with Disabilities WHO UNFPA


Persons with disabilities have the same sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs as other people. Yet they often face barriers to information and services. The ignorance and attitudes of society and individuals, including health-care providers, raise most of these barriers – not the disabilities themselves. In fact, existing services usually can be adapted easily to accommodate persons with disabilities. Increasing awareness is the first and biggest step. Beyond that, much can be accomplished through resourcefulness and involving persons with disabilities in programme design and monitoring.

This guidance note addresses issues of SRH programming for persons with disabilities. It is intended for SRH experts and advocates within UNFPA and WHO as well as those in other development organizations and partners. Those who address issues of family planning, maternal health, HIV and AIDS, adolescence, and gender-based violence (GBV) may find this information particularly helpful. SRH, in particular, deserves attention because these needs have been so widely and so deeply neglected. At the same time, however, the
approaches discussed here apply broadly to all aspects of health programming for persons with disabilities.