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Reproductive Health Matters
  1. Susan Quilliam
  1. Writer, Broadcaster, Consultant and Trainer, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Ms Susan Quilliam; susan{at};

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HOW AND WHY DID YOU LAUNCH Reproductive Health Matters?

In 1993, a group of advocates in the arena of women’s reproductive health and rights realised that there were very few journals existing in the field. Further, most of the existing journals focused on clinical, population and family planning issues, and reported only quantitative research.

The original group – including founding editor, Marge Berer, and founding co-editor, TK Sundari Ravindran – identified a need for a women-centred and global viewpoint on the issues, along with a combined public health/rights perspective on laws, policy and service delivery.

What emerged was Reproductive Health Matters: we now cover male as well as female health issues, welcome viewpoints from many disciplines, and aim to take a completely global perspective.

Who reads Reproductive Health Matters?

We are read by a variety of those involved in or interested in sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, including advocates, activists, health workers, health agencies, researchers, service providers, political negotiators, and those involved in developing human rights treaties.

We offer the journal on subscription and also distribute copies at relevant conferences. We are particularly committed to making sure that the journal is read even in resource-constrained settings, so we offer free subscriptions in certain areas and to certain groups. Indeed 90% of our subscribers …

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  • Editor's note This article is one in a series of occasional articles on key health organisations worldwide. The Journal would be pleased to hear from other organisations, particularly those based outside the UK, which would like to be similarly profiled.