Author: Policy & Research Unit
Poor reproductive health is an enormous problem in the developing world. More than half a million women die every year from pregnancy-related complications. Similarly, many of the estimated 100 to 140 million women who have undergone Female Genital Cutting (FGC) have their health jeopardised. In the 2004 Strategic Conference of Islamic Relief, reproductive health was classified by the majority of Islamic Relief staff as a top priority for which a policy was needed. A 2006 survey of Islamic Relief field partners confirmed that reproductive health is a pressing issue in the communities in which they work and reconfirmed the need to have a policy in this field.
This policy aims to address a range of reproductive health problems effectively and in compliance with Islamic teachings. It is based on a review of existing literature; international and national laws, regulations and conventions on reproductive health; and extensive verbal and written consultations with Islamic Relief colleagues, religious scholars and leaders, and people working for specialist reproductive health- related organisations.