Reproductive Tract Infections in India: The Need for Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy and Programs

  • Usha K. Luthra
  • Suman Mehta
  • N. C. Bhargava
  • Prema Ramachandran
  • N. S. Murthy
  • A. Sehgal
  • B. N. Saxena
Part of the Reproductive Biology book series (RBIO)


Worldwide, the subject of human reproduction is shifting from a mainly “demographic issue” to a broader women’s health and development issue that is viewed as a key determinant of both individual well-being and societal prosperity. A general consensus now exists that reproductive health not only should include the ability to regulate fertility, but must also ensure optimal conditions for safely fulfilling the biological role of reproduction, namely, bearing and raising healthy children. Sound reproductive health policy and programs also must help both women and men to handle their sexuality with responsibility and dignity. These programs would enable women and men to cope with problems such as reproductive ill health—by preventing and treating sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other reproductive tract infections (RTIs)—as well as providing infertility and safe abortion services. Though many diseases place a heavy burden of morbidity and mortality on both men and women in developing countries, women are more often seriously affected because of synergistic effects of infection, malnutrition, and reproduction.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Cervical Cancer Human Immunodeficiency Virus Infection Human Papilloma Virus Bacterial Vaginosis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Usha K. Luthra
    • 2
    • 3
  • Suman Mehta
    • 2
  • N. C. Bhargava
    • 1
  • Prema Ramachandran
    • 2
  • N. S. Murthy
    • 3
  • A. Sehgal
    • 3
  • B. N. Saxena
    • 2
  1. 1.Regional STD CentreSafdarjung HospitalNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2.Indian Council of Medical ResearchAnsari NagarNew DelhiIndia
  3. 3.Institute of Cytology and Preventive OncologyMaulana Azad Medical CollegeNew DelhiIndia

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