The Maputo Plan of Action for the Operationalisation of the Sexual andReproductive Health and Rights Continental Policy Framework seeks to take thecontinent forward towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive sexual andreproductive health services in Africa by 2015. It is a short term plan for the periodup to 2010 - recently extended to 2015 - built on these action areas: integration of sexual and reproductive health(SRH) services into PHC, repositioning family planning, developing and promotingyouth-friendly services, unsafe abortion, quality safe motherhood, resourcemobilisation, commodity security and monitoring and evaluation.
The Plan ispremised onsexual and reproductive healthin its fullest context as defined at ICPD/PoA 1994, taking intoaccount the life cycle approach. These elements ofsexual and reproductive health and rightsinclude AdolescentSexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH); Safe Motherhood and newborn care; Abortion Care; Family planning; Prevention and Management of SexuallyTransmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS; Prevention and Management of Infertility;Prevention and Management of Cancers of the Reproductive System; Addressingmid-life concerns of men and women; Health and Development; the Reduction ofGender-based Violence; Interpersonal Communication and Counselling; and Health education.
The Plan learns from best practices and cost-effective interventions andresponds to vulnerability in all its forms, from gender inequality, to rural living and theyouth, to specific vulnerable groups such as displaced persons, migrants andrefugees. It recognises the importance of creating an enabling environment and ofcommunity and women’s empowerment and the role of men.