Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública
versão impressa ISSN 1020-4989
La salud reproductiva: parte integrante del desarrollo humano. Rev Panam Salud Publica [online]. 1998, vol.4, n.3 ISSN 1020-4989. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1020-49891998000900015.
The concept of reproductive health has changed throughout the years until it has come to be understood as a constant that goes beyond biological concerns and is related to the values, culture, and personal fulfillment of each human being. It encompasses, therefore, a wide range of action in individual and family life as well as in the collective development of populations. Promoting and maintaining reproductive health requires quality services with equitable access. PAHO has cooperated in this field with Member States for over 30 years, during which maternal and child mortality has diminished, the notion of integral adolescent health has been disseminated, the subject has been added to professional health curriculums, pertinent activities have been integrated into the health services, and new data have been gathered to inform policies and activities on reproductive health. The present situation of national health sector reforms presents a unique opportunity for approaching anew old problems related to reproductive health, to examine policies and strategies, and to implement changes that reaffirm the commitments made in international forums.