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Sexual & Reproductive Health

UNFPA Iran is strategically collaborating with the Government of Iran and other United Nations organizations through technical support, capacity-building and advocacy in order to ensure that sexual and reproductive health and rights remain at the core of the Population and Development Agenda.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights were adapted an international consensus at the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994 with presence of 179 countries including Islamic Republic of Iran. 

At the core of this Programme of Action is promotion of reproductive health, voluntary and safe sexual and reproductive choices for all. Access to sexual and reproductive health for all women and girls is a human right and critical to saving lives, advancing development and promoting gender equality.

Iran has gained remarkable success in declining maternal mortality rate and achieved MDGs MMR, reducing maternal mortality rate by 75% between 1990 and 2015. Iran has also a strong national network of primary health care services designed to provide quality maternal and reproductive health. However, there are still considerable challenges that must be tackled.

Therefore, in line with the safe motherhood strategy and nationalHIV/AIDS strategic plan of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of I.R. Iran, UNFPA aims at sustaining the country’s achievement on maternal health by advocating for high quality maternal services and preventing maternal death, mainly in the provinces where MMR is still high.


In addition, to achieve sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, UNFPA Iran’s attempts include but are not limited to:

  • Developing evidence-based policies and action plans for high-quality integrated sexual and reproductive health services for all, including the emergency preparedness
  • Supporting the improvement of national programmes through research and financial analysis in sexual andreproductive health and HIV/AIDS
  • Developing national Programmes for Preventing sexually transmitted infections including HIV for all with special attention to risk population
  • Strengthening national capacities of enhancing reproductive health/Maternal Health services