About Camila Gianella

Camila Gianella is pursuing her PhD at the University of Bergen and the Chr. Michelsen Institute. She has worked as researcher and consultant for projects on maternal mortality, the right to health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, mental health and transitional justice. She has also as a counselor in HIV and Tuberculosis services, and with asylum seekers.

Access to contraception is only one element of reproductive health

On May 29 2013, during the Women Deliver Conference, global leaders made a call for Accelerated Progress on Family Planning.   This important initiative certainly deserves attention.  Not only because it aims to improve access to contraception, also because initiatives as this one, aimed to improve opportunities for family planning, must take sexual and reproductive rights into account.  Almost 20 years after the adoption of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action, it is still necessary to stress that reproductive health is more than counselling and care related to reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases. It implies a constellation of methods, techniques and services that contribute to reproductive health and well-being by preventing and solving reproductive health problems, which includes a recognition of people’s right to be free to decide if they want to reproduce, as well as when and how often.  This requires the recognition of the right to information, and to access to safe, effective, affordable and acceptable methods of family planning; as well as the right to have access to appropriate health care services during pregnancy, childbirth and after birth.

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