Sexual and Reproductive Health

A Public Health Perspective

Edited by

  • Paul Van Look, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Switzerland
  • Kristian Heggenhougen, Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway
  • Stella R. Quah, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore

This volume brings together two areas of health that are among the foci of current development efforts, as articulated by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), namely sexual and reproductive health (MDG 5: improve maternal health, target 2: achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health); and Gender (MDG 3: promote gender equality and empower women). Few, if any, published books have dealt in a comprehensive way with public health aspects of these two strongly interrelated areas of health. Most published volumes devoted to sexual and reproductive health have a strong clinical focus, whereas books on gender tend to concentrate primarily on the socio-cultural and anthropological aspects of the subject.
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This book will be used by researchers, epidemiologists, clinicians and public health professionals in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and gender, policy-makers and program managers in these same fields and educators and students in medical, paramedical and other university departments having courses in these same fields


Book information

  • Published: January 2011
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-385009-6


"In 1994 the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (held in Cairo, Egypt) emphasized sexual and reproductive health services as central to sustainable development, and, additionally, developed a much expanded understanding of the issues. Human rights (and the right to good sexual and health services) came to the forefront, subsuming the notion that coercive measures to contain the population bomb could be justified. This volume presents current global thinking on physiology, general epidemiology, demography, the core elements of care, reproductive cancers, and some ethical and other general aspects."--Book News, Reference & Research

Table of Contents

Section 1: Physiology, General Epidemiology and Demography

Section 2: Core Elements

Section 3: Reproductive Cancers

Section 4: Ethics and other General Aspects