Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: India needs new strategies aimed at ensuring reproductive rights and making sexual and reproductive health programmes operational, according to Medical College Child Development Centre Director M.K.C. Nair.

In a paper presented at a workshop organised by the State Resource Centre (SRC) here recently, he stressed the need for an efficient health service delivery system to ensure reproductive choice as a basic human right without gender discrimination.

“The need for voluntary family planning is growing fast. But family planning is losing ground as an international development priority. Funding is decreasing and the gap between the need and available resources is growing. The international community has recognised reproductive choice as a basic human right,” Dr. Nair said.

He said the National Rural Health Mission was a step in the right direction. The reproductive health of all, especially women, should be ensured throughout their lifetime, because of its importance to the quality of life.