How do Pacific Island countries add up on contraception, abortion and reproductive coercion? Guidance from the Guttmacher report on investing in sexual and reproductive health
journal contributionposted on 20.04.2021, 00:52 by A Dawson, A Ekeroma, D Wilson, A Noovao-Hill, L Panisi, B Takala, K Black, Deborah Bateson
The Guttmacher-Lancet Commission report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights called for the acceleration of progress to achieve SRHR that is essential for sustainable development. To integrate the essential services defined in this report into universal health coverage in the 11 sovereign nations in the Pacific, quality data is required to ensure needs are met efficiently and equitably. However, there are no comprehensive reports for Pacific Island countries that provide insight into all areas of SRHR. We collated the latest literature to identify the most up-to-date relevant data from United Nations and Guttmacher Institute reports to discern gaps in SRHR information and services relating to contraception, abortion and reproductive coercion. Investment is urgently required to strengthen health information systems for SRHR in the Pacific.