Sparing lives: better reproductive health for poor women in South Asia

This report highlights that the region faces enormous challenges in addressing inequalities in reproductive health of poor women, and focuses on the risks they face. This phenomenon perpetuates an inter-generational cycle of poverty. The report calls for an integration of reproductive health services and decentralized planning to target poor geographic areas and finding innovative ways of financing reproductive health. The region may not achieve the Millennium Development Goals for maternal and child health unless these issues are addressed.