The GFF’s Approach to SRHR
Since 2015, the GFF has supported partner countries to prioritize key health systems and financing reforms that will accelerate progress on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) as part of a broader effort to improve health outcomes for women, children, and adolescents. While many GFF supported countries have been making progress on aspects of the SRHR agenda in recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens these gains. Due to severe disruptions in essential health services, GFF partner countries saw significant reductions in service utilization and likely large increases in mortality.
As governments look to invest in health system resilience, there is an opportunity to ensure that this investment agenda
supports an enabling environment for SRHR and gender equality as well. There is also an opportunity to work with
governments and their partners to strengthen national systems and better leverage those systems to deliver on improved SRHR outcomes. The GFF’s mandate is to support countries as they chart equitable and increasingly self-sufficient pathways to universal health coverage and securing SRHR for women and adolescents is core to this agenda.
Focus on Adolescents: GFF Adolescent Health Briefs and Analysis
The GFF supports countries in monitoring and working to improve adolescent sexual and reproductive health and rights
in partner countries. Adolescent SRHR is important for improving population health outcomes and for supporting human capital accumulation.
This analysis is intended to bring attention to the particular SRHR needs of adolescents while also drawing attention to the heterogeneity of adolescent needs. This analysis provides an overview of a wide range of adolescent SRHR issues including fertility, marriage, maternal health, contraceptive use, HIV/AIDS, violence, and harmful practices. There is recognition that this does not capture the full spectrum of SRHR issues including the needs of boys and others based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This analysis brings together data from population-based surveys and population projections from the United Nations Population Division (UNPD).