Over the past decades, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes have improved in most low and lower-middle-income countries (LLMICs). However, improvements have been uneven and for a group of poor countries reaching SDG 3.8 of universal health coverage (UHC) will be unattainable without further improvements. Achieving those will require substantial investments, including in strengthening health systems to ensure access to relevant services. While LLMICs will need to adjust priorities to increase domestic resources for SRH, much of the funding will need to come from external development assistance (ODA). However, the extent to which ODA contributes to strengthening health systems for improved SRH is largely unknown at the country level. In a recent study we evaluated the effect of SRH-ODA on SRH outcomes in recipient countries from 2002-2019, with a particular focus on the role of health systems. Our results show that SRH aid contributed to positive developments in terms of skilled birth attendance and contraceptive prevalence rate, results that were robust also after several sensitivity analyses. During the seminar we will discuss the implications of these findings and how the study contributes to a more comprehensive understanding of the effects of development assistance for sexual and reproductive health.
19th of October 2022
(Zoom link is also in PDF below)
968 7231 2586