Sexual and Reproductive Health

1st Edition

A Public Health Perspective


  • Paul Van Look
  • Kristian Heggenhougen
  • Stella R. Quah
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health

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    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.

    Key Features

    * Focuses on the relationship between sexual and reproductive behaviors and the resulting impact on populations and societies as a group

    * Provides a science-based approach to identifying appropriate response plans, adaptations, and mitigation steps for related behaviors

    *Explores the financial and societal impact of behavioral choices

    *Includes new preface specifically for this audience


    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


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    About the authors

    Paul Van Look

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health, Switzerland

    Kristian Heggenhougen

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Centre for International Health, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

    Stella R. Quah

    Stella Quah (Ph.D) is Adjunct Professor, Health Services and Systems Research Program, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, National University of Singapore. Her previous appointment was as Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore where she started her long academic career in 1972, initially at the Department of Community Medicine and Public Health and later on at the Department of Sociology. She was a Fulbright-Hays scholar from 1969 to 1971. Her research and professional activities include sabbaticals as Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies, University of California Berkeley (1986–87); the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Department of Sociology at Harvard University (1993–94); the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University (1997); the Stanford Program in International Legal Studies, Stanford University (1997); the National Centre for Development Studies, Australian National University (2002); and the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University (2006). She was elected Chairperson of the Research Committee on Health Sociology of the International Sociological Association (ISA) for the session 1990-1994; Vice-President for Research of ISA and Chairperson of the ISA Research Council for the session 1994-1998; and served as Associate Editor of International Sociology (1998–2004). As part of her current professional activities, Stella Quah serves in institutional review boards; and is member of international Editorial and Advisory Boards of several referee journals including the British Journal of Sociology and Sociology of Health and Illness. She has published extensively on health sociology, public policy and family sociology including the International Handbook of Sociology (London: Sage, 2000) edited with A. Sales and Families in Asia: Home and Kin (London: Routledge, 2008);.

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore


    "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