Universal Health Coverage

Universal Health Coverage

Universal health coverage (UHC) is rapidly emerging as an essential framework to promote healthy lives and wellbeing for all people. As countries define their UHC policies and programmes, there is a unique opportunity to ensure that UHC efforts include sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) interventions that are grounded in evidence and based on principles of human rights, gender equality and equity in access. Improving SRHR for all should be at the centre of UHC as a matter of a broad health and development agenda.

SRHM’s activities in this area are divided into KNOWLEDGE, INFLUENCE and CAPACITY-BUILDING.


SRHM papers

Round up: Financing adolescent health care for universal health coverage – 23(45):2015
Fried ST, Khurshid A, Tarlton D, et al. Universal health coverage: necessary but not sufficient – 21(42):2013
Tangcharoensathien V, Tantivess S, Teerawattananon Y, et al. Universal Coverage and Its Impact on Reproductive Health Services in Thailand – 10:20(2002)

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The call for papers, Universal Health Coverage: Sexual and Reproductive Rights in Focus, closed in December 2019.  This themed issue will include a combination of invited papers and those received from an open call for papers.


Dialogue and advocacy

Forum on SRHR and Disability during the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25

This-Ability Trust, in partnership with Sexual Reproductive Health Matters and Humanity & Inclusion’s Making it Work project, with support from the United Nations Population Fund and the Canadian High Commission in Nairobi, organized a one day consultative forum to deliberate the sexual and reproductive health rights of women with disabilities in Nairobi, Kenya on November 11, 2019 .

The pre-ICPD Forum presented a joint commitment towards advancing the sexual and reproductive health rights of all persons with disability, with special attention to women and girls with disability, and worked towards the elaboration of a Call to Action in line with the priority areas for ICPD25. The forum highlighted the unique discrimination faced by women with disabilities, especially in relation to universal sexual and reproductive health coverage for women and girls with disabilities, eliminating violence against women with disabilities, and addressing the needs of those who are in most vulnerable situation, including those living in humanitarian settings. Read more


On 20 March 2019, Sexual and Reproductive Health Matters co-organised a lunch meeting alongside the the World Health Organisation Policy and Coordination Committee (PCC) meeting with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and colleagues at the Human Reproduction Programme of WHO (HRP) to discuss sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and universal health coverage (UHC).

Strategy meeting on UHC and SRHR

SRHM held a dialogue meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) with a focus on rights on May 30th 2019 in New York.

The aim of this meeting was to provide a platform for dialogue, joint thinking, analysis, generation of  knowledge  and  action  on the rights based perspectives of SRHR and UHC. The meeting also aimed to support the preparation of SRHM’s May 2020 theme issue on UHC and SRHR with a specific focus on rights-based perspectives. We are very thankful to the Women’s Refugee Commission for hosting the meeting in their offices.


SRHM has closely collaborated with the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) on the development and implementation of their call to action to include SRHR as an essential element to achieve UHC.

SRHM is actively contributing to WHO HRP guidance development on UHC and SRHR.
HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) is the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction, bringing together policy-makers, scientists, health care providers, clinicians, consumers and community representatives to identify and address priorities for research to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Capacity building

In the context of our call for papers, SRHM is providing mentoring to researchers, advocates, policy makers, service providers and other SRHR professionals, especially those from the global South, to bring their analysis and writing to peer-reviewed publication standard in service of improving dissemination of quality research and analysis on SRHR, with a strong focus on rights perspectives and with particular attention to the needs and rights of most marginalized people.

For further information please reach out to us at editorial@srhm.org