Guttmacher Institute Releases Sexual and Reproductive Health Profiles for More Than 130 Countries

New evidence builds the case for increased investment in sexual and reproductive health care in low- and middle-income countries

Commitment to providing essential care for women and adolescents is critical to upholding sexual and reproductive rights during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time since its establishment, the Guttmacher Institute has published 132 country profiles highlighting country-specific sexual and reproductive health data from its Adding it Up body of work. 

The newly released country profiles provide estimates on the need for, impact of and cost of fully investing in sexual and reproductive health care and services, including modern contraception and maternal and newborn health care. They aim to provide advocates, researchers, policymakers and other stakeholders with supportive evidence on the benefits of investing comprehensively in sexual and reproductive health services in low- and middle-income countries. 

"The profiles feature key statistics, including for adolescents and other groups of people, that show the crucial value of investing in sexual and reproductive health care. Another exciting aspect of this new resource is that each country profile includes several interactive graphics in which the user can choose and toggle between population subgroups or costing options of the same indicator," says Rubina Hussain, Senior Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute. 

Each country profile features more than 40 indicators that include the use of and need for modern contraception and maternal and newborn health care, as well as the costs and impacts of fully investing in comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care and services. The profiles contain these data for women of reproductive age (15–49) and in many cases give the option to see the evidence for adolescents aged 15–19, as well as other population subgroups.  

The profiles are available online by visiting the Guttmacher Institute website. Explore the Institute’s "Regions" and "Work by geography" to access the profiles.  

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About Adding It Up

Adding It Up is an ongoing project examining the need for, impact of and cost of fully investing in sexual and reproductive health care—services that together ensure people can decide whether and when to have children, experience safe pregnancy and delivery, have healthy newborns, and have a safe and satisfying sexual life. The latest Adding It Up report focuses on low- and middle-income countries. It features an in-depth report containing estimates for 2019 and is accompanied by a detailed methodology report; regional and subregional fact sheets; and a policy analysis that focuses on the U.S, role in addressing global sexual and reproductive health needs.

About the Guttmacher Institute

The Guttmacher Institute is a leading research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in the United States and globally. The Institute produces a wide range of scientific research, policy analysis and communications resources on topics pertaining to sexual and reproductive health, including the public policy journal Guttmacher Policy Review.

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