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MPs express concern at reproductive health omission from WHO draft post-2015 health goal
BRUSSELS, 04 July - In a letter to the Director General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, 29 parliamentarians from around the world and across the political spectrum have expressed deep concern at the omission of universal access to reproductive health from the WHO draft health goal for the post-2015 framework and have called for a revision of the organization’s position.

The MPs, drawn from every region of the world, recall the effect of the initial omission of such a target from the Millennium Development Goals (later included as MDG 5b) on the lives of millions of women worldwide. They warn of similar disastrous consequences if such a mistake is made in the next development agenda. “We are concerned that a body which should be guided by sound evidence such as the WHO should even consider such a significant step backwards in its own positioning regarding the health and rights of every woman around the world,” the parliamentarians state.

In assuring Dr. Chan that the political will exists to include sexual and reproductive health and rights in the next development framework, the parliamentarians make reference to the recently agreed Stockholm Statement of Commitment (SoC). This document, unanimously agreed by 260 Parliamentarians from 134 countries at the Sixth IPCI Conference in April of this year, insists that access to sexual and reproductive health and rights must feature as an indispensible component of the post-2015 development framework.

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