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Policy brief: making universal health coverage work for women and young people

Across Asia-Pacific, many countries committed to achieving Universal Health Coverage (UHC) for all by 2030, a key target of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 3.8). Achieving UHC, however, cannot be fulfilled without achieving at the same time another key SDG target (SDG 3.7): ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services, including for family planning. The achievement of UHC and universal access to sexual and reproductive health services are two mutually reinforcing goals that need to be pursued together to ensure overall success. This reports reviews access to sexual and reproductive health services in six Asia-Pacific nations to analyse progress, identify gaps and recommend ways forward to strengthen and further develop UHC, sexual and reproductive health policies and health financing reforms.