Services on Demand
Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Print version ISSN 0102-311X
AVILA, Maria Betânia. Sexual and reproductive rights: challenges for health policies. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2003, vol.19, suppl.2, pp. S465-S469. ISSN 0102-311X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2003000800027.
This article discusses sexual and reproductive rights in the sense of a stance that assumes a perspective of transformations in social relations, the struggle against prejudices, the guarantee of well-being, and finally the relationship between sexuality, reproduction, and citizenship. The article then proceeds to reflect on health policy challenges in these fields, emphasizing such issues as: guaranteed resources, quality and quantity of health services in response to demands by the population, and cultural changes that produce a new view of the relationship between health professionals and health system clients, based on the principles of citizenship: recognition others as entitled to freedom and equality.
Keywords : Professional-Patient Relations; Sexuality; Gender.