Sexual and Reproductive Health, Family Planning

Reproductive Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being in all matters relating to the reproductive system at all stages of life (WHO, 2008). It also includes sexual health for enhancement of life and personal relations, going beyond counseling and care related to reproduction and sexually transmitted diseases.

EPOS recognizes the importance of this topic by contributing to the improvement of Mother and Child Health (MCH). We ensure high-quality services and the improvement of sexual and reproductive health infrastructure and human resources in the field of family planning as well as the prevention and treatment of STIs and HIV/AIDS. Additionally, EPOS enhances safe and satisfying relationships by addressing obstacles such as gender discrimination, inequalities in access to health services, sexual coercion, exploitation and gender based violence.

EPOS has more than 20 years experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health with projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. Our goal in all projects is to raise the capacity of our partners and to promote ownership.

Key Result

In Turkey from 2003 to 2007, EPOS implemented European Union (EU) funded Reproductive Health Programme (RHP) with an overall budget of EUR 55 million. The project consisted of four main pillars: MCH, FP, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases and the improved cooperation with adolescents as a specific target group. The programme contributed to strengthening the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health as well as the quality of health services. This was achieved through education and training of health workers, improving infrastructure, the introduction of quality management and service standards, as well as the improvement of educational work. In this context, EPOS contributed to the development of strategies, information materials and nationwide behaviour change campaigns. Massive awareness raising was enforced by nationwide cooperation with NGOs to strengthen reproductive rights of women and to improve SRH knowledge and the existence of health and counseling services. EPOS was responsible for the tendering of projects and developed standards for communication activities as well monitoring and evaluating implementation of projects.

Project References:

China: HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in Border Provinces in the P.R. China