The SRHR and HIV Linkages Index combines 30 indicators to measure country progress towards achieving a linked response to SRHR and HIV.
Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and HIV are intrinsically linked. HIV is primarily sexually transmitted or associated with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, and people living with HIV have specific SRHR needs. Moreover, sexual and reproductive ill-health and HIV share root causes, including gender inequality, harmful cultural norms and social marginalisation of the most vulnerable populations. This requires a joint response across three levels ( domains ):
Linking SRHR and HIV is a multifaceted, multidimensional area that is difficult to observe directly and, therefore, difficult to capture in any single indicator. The SRHR and HIV Linkages Index provides the first ever composite score for measuring country progress towards achieving a linked response to SRHR and HIV in 60 countries. The Index can be used to support advocacy to improve SRHR and HIV linkages, guide decision-making to focus programming, and measure SRHR and HIV linkages progress.