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EC Call for Proposals on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights…1

The European Commission recognizes the fact that insufficient progress has been made in the field of maternal health and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and more efforts have to be made here to achieve the MDG 5 targets to be met by the year 2015. It is also essential that in order to achieve these targets, the role of civil society is critical. Therefore, the current call for proposals under its Investing in People, Good Health for All programme, it is seeking to support projects in developing countries for “Advocacy and technical support for the development of national sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) strategies and specific actions.”

“The thematic programme ‘Investing in People’ pursues a broad approach to development and poverty reduction, with the general aim of improving human and social development levels in partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals. It is based on Article 12 of the Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)1, and is further defined in the Strategy Paper for the Thematic Programme 2007-20132. Under the theme ‘Good Health for all’, it The thematic programme ‘Investing in People’ pursues a broad approach to development and poverty reduction, with the general aim of improving human and social development levels in partner countries in accordance with the United Nations Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals.”

“The general objectives in sexual and reproductive health and rights under the good health for all, are to improve reproductive and sexual health in developing countries and to secure the right of women, men and adolescents to good reproductive and sexual health and provide financial assistance and appropriate expertise with a view to promoting a holistic approach to, and the recognition of, reproductive and sexual health and rights as defined in the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Programme of Action. This includes safe motherhood and universal access to a comprehensive range of safe and reliable reproductive and sexual health care and services, supplies, education and information (including information on all kinds of family planning methods), as well as reducing maternal mortality and morbidity rates, with particular reference to the countries and populations where these are highest.”

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