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Underfunded and fragmented — a storm is brewing for sexual and reproductive health services

The Guttmacher–Lancet Commission’s report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All coincides with raised awareness of this topic as a result of global movements such as #metoo. However, weak political leadership, increasing fragmentation of services, and sustained underfunding pose a threat to sexual and reproductive health globally.

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Fig. 1: Fragmentation of SRH funding in England mapped to the seven domains of sexual and reproductive health care outlined by the Guttmacher–Lancet commission.

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S.T. has previously received a travel bursary funded by Janssen-Cilag through the British HIV Association, speaker honoraria and funding for preparation of educational materials from Gilead Sciences, and is a member of the steering group of SWIFT, a networking group for people involved in research in HIV and women, funded by Bristol Myers Squibb. N.P. has previously received WHO funding to attend and present at WHO training on gender-based violence and family planning.

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Pathak, N., Tariq, S. Underfunded and fragmented — a storm is brewing for sexual and reproductive health services. Nat Rev Urol 15, 472–473 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41585-018-0038-5

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