Regional Team for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR)

The regional team for sexual and reproductive health and rights (until 2015 known as the regional HIV and Aids team) was established in 2002 at the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka, Zambia financed by Sweden and Norway.

The work of the team is guided by the “Strategy for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in Sub-Saharan Africa” for the period of 2015-2019. The Strategy aims to improve women’s and children’s health, contribute to comprehensive sexuality education for young people and ensure human rights for LGBT people. The Strategy is also addressing the underlying causes that contribute to the transmission of HIV; for example gender inequality and lack of access to health services for mobile populations and people in prisons. Additional focus areas are early and unwanted pregnancies, child marriages and female genital mutilation.

The Strategy is being implemented in partnerships with African intergovernmental organisations, research institutions, UN agencies, regional economic communities (RECs), CSOs and the private sector (for a complete list of partners see the contribution portfolio overview). The geographic coverage of this Strategy is sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on East and Southern Africa.

A total of SEK 1750 million is allocated by Sweden for the implementation of the Strategy during 2015-2019.

For further information about the Regional Team´s work please send an e-mail to: ambassaden.lusaka@gov.se