n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Reproductive health - the challenges and the triumphs : editorial

Volume 19, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1027-9148



The World Health Assembly (1948) defined reproductive health as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, in all matters relating to the reproductive system and to its functions and processes". Between the ages of 15 to 44 reproductive ill-health accounts for 36% of the burden of disease among women and 12 % among men. This presents a considerable challenge to our discipline and one which should enjoy priority in provision of both curative and preventative health services.

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