SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) AND HIV KNOWS NO BORDERS! 2021 - 2026

SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AND RIGHTS (SRHR) AND HIV KNOWS NO BORDERS! 2021 - 2026

Published Date: 
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 - 20:15

CONTEXT

Sub-Saharan Africa has some of the worst sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes globally, including high rates of unplanned pregnancies, maternal morbidity and mortality, unmet family planning needs, high prevalence of sexually transmitted infections, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), cervical cancer and unsafe abortions. In Southern Africa, poor SRH outcomes are heightened among migrant girls and women, many of whom are pressured into risky migration decisions for their survival, while having limited choices, and often limited information available to them regarding their sexuality and SRH rights. For many, irregular migration status also means marginalisation or exclusion from HIV and SRH initiatives, with lasting impact on human development, not just for migrants, but for host communities and countries as well. Another structural barrier to access to HIV and SRH services is that existing laws and policies largely neglect the SRHR of young vulnerable people, including migrants and sex workers.

Upon the above backdrop, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN Migration Agency in partnership with Save the Children (SC) and other partners are working together to im- plement a holistic regional SRHR and HIV Knows No Borders programme in the Southern African region to:

• Promote healthy sexual and reproductive choices among migrants, sex workers and young vulnerable people in migration-affected communities;
• Increase migrants, sex workers and young vulnerable people’s access to and use of integrated sexual and reproductive health – HIV services and quality health care; and • Advocate for the respect of HIV and sexual and reproductive health rights of migrants, sex workers and young vulnerable people at all levels.