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Ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights

Good sexual and reproductive health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system. This means that every person has the basic right to decide freely and responsibly if, whether, when or how often to have children, and to have the information, education and means to do so.

Sexual and reproductive health is a lifetime concern for every person, from infancy to old age. Evidence shows that reproductive health in any of these life stages can have a profound effect on one’s health later in life.

Improving sexual and reproductive health and rights is a key priority for UNFPA.

To achieve this goal, UNFPA has supported:

- The Ministry of Education to conduct a study on the analysis of knowledge and attitudes of school children’s sexual and reproductive health education

- The development of a Training of Trainers manual on sexual and reproductive health

- The Vocational Training Authority (VTA) in Sri Lanka to integrate sexual and reproductive health into the VTA curriculum

UNFPA supports the Government of Sri Lanka and works with a range of local and international partners to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights remain at the core of the Population and Development Agenda.