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Sightsavers can also be the incapacity associate within the West and Central Africa consortium led by MSI Reproductive Decisions as a part of the Girls’s Built-in Sexual Well being (WISH) programme, UK assist’s flagship SRHR programme.

To contribute to the ‘depart nobody behind’ agenda, the WISH programme has been reaching girls with disabilities whose wants had been beforehand largely unmet via household planning and sexual reproductive well being service provision. By means of this programme, we’re offering experience to fellow consortium members to reinforce disability-inclusive practices with the purpose to:

  • Strengthen the information and selection that folks with disabilities have when it comes to sexual reproductive well being service provision, in addition to improve neighborhood help for folks with disabilities to train their sexual reproductive well being rights
  • Strengthen authorities insurance policies, home financing and accountability by embedding incapacity inclusion to create a stronger enabling atmosphere for household planning and sexual reproductive well being and rights that’s accessible and inclusive for everybody
  • Enhance entry to sexual reproductive well being service provision for shoppers with all forms of disabilities

We’re additionally working with companions to bridge present gaps. For instance, Sightsavers developed a coaching bundle to coach SRHR healthcare suppliers and different stakeholders such because the Ministry of Well being on find out how to search knowledgeable consent and safeguard folks with disabilities from marginalised communities.

“Enhancing entry to sexual and reproductive well being and rights for ladies with disabilities has been on the core of the WISH programme, and all consortium companions have made large progress to realize this purpose. MSI is proud to see how incapacity inclusion is now a key a part of our programming.”
Caroline Guinard
FCDO director, MSI Reproductive Decisions

The sexual and reproductive well being and rights of individuals with disabilities – notably girls and ladies with disabilities – have been ignored for too lengthy. If we’re severe about leaving nobody behind, now’s the time to behave. It is important that we:

  1. Make investments enough sources
  2. Generate high quality proof
  3. Guarantee folks with disabilities are meaningfully included within the well being sector and inside their communities
  4. Empower folks with disabilities to make knowledgeable decisions about their our bodies and futures

All of this requires a collective effort, on World Contraception Day – and each different day.


Andrea Pregel is Sightsavers’ international technical lead for inclusive well being, and Amalie Quevedo is Sightsavers’ technical advisor for inclusive sexual and reproductive well being and rights.

Let’s work collectively! If you wish to know extra about Sightsavers’ inclusive SRHR work, or wish to discover alternatives for collaboration, please contact Andrea Pregel at [email protected]

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