A call has been made for developing countries to invest more resources in tackling inequalities that prevent disadvantaged women and girls from accessing sexual reproductive health services as this continues to hinder their countries’ economic development.

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) women and girls should be given easy access to family planning services and antenatal care so that they contribute meaningfully to economic development.

The call follows the release this Tuesday of a UNFPA global report on state of world population, showing high costs in sexual and reproductive health services and human rights inequalities between men and women.

UNFPA Assistant Representative in Zimbabwe, Ms Abigail Msemburi said the country is making strides in addressing issues of access to sexual and reproductive health services though a lot still needs to be done.

A number of programmes and policies have been developed by the government working together with development partners to ensure further reduction in maternal mortality, HIV prevalence rate, teenage pregnancies and child marriages, among others.