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Sexual and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Normative Developments, Contexts and Issues

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This chapter concerns the normative dimensions of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) as applied to sub-Saharan contexts and issues. The positive impacts of growing international consensus around SRH are contrasted with both the normative and practical limitations. The conditioning sub-Saharan contexts include demography; gender; HIV and other SRH-related disease burdens; and health systems and health systems funding. The highly diverse normative landscape of sub-Saharan Africa is illustrated by attitudes towards and provision of contraception and abortion.


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Poku, N.K. (2020). Sexual and Reproductive Health in Sub-Saharan Africa: Normative Developments, Contexts and Issues. In: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. Global Research in Gender, Sexuality and Health. Palgrave Pivot, Singapore.

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