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Position Paper: Leveraging Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to Reduce HIV-Related Vulnerabilities in Southern Africa

Abstract:

Position Paper: Leveraging Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) to Reduce HIV-Related Vulnerabilities in Southern Africa, SAfAIDS 2011

 

Executive Summary

Different policies, systems, and programmes for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) have led to substantial positive results in southern Africa such as well-spaced, healthier families and modest decreases in infant and maternal mortality. HIV prevention efforts have led to significant declines or notable stabilisation in HIV prevalence in southern African countries. However, given the current state of the HIV epidemic today, the parallel processes of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV prevention may have peaked in their effectiveness. They have remained separate and detached, despite the logical connections between them.