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Despite significant progress in some countries toward achieving universal health coverage – a priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – a key component of women's health is falling through the cracks. Until sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning, are offered more widely and fully covered under health financing schemes, efforts to provide health care to all who need it will continue to come up short.Today, many governments in the Asia-Pacific consider some sexual and reproductive health services to be beyond the scope of their health financing priorities. Unfortunately, this has the effect of maintaining and reinforcing the very barriers to sustainable development that universal health coverage was meant to remove – in particular, improving health outcomes for the poor and vulnerable, and preventing people from falling into poverty to pay for the health services they need.There are millions of women and girls across the Asia-Pacific region just like Mai who could benefit from these services. To make health coverage truly universal, we must make sexual and reproductive health a priority.
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