Investing in health is important for reducing poverty. Poverty is both a cause of ill-health and a consequence of ill-health. Best achievable health is a basic human right. That means health should be equally distributed and health care services should be accessible and inclusive for all. Sida supports strengthening of health systems that can effectively respond to existing and new health challenges. Emphasis is given to women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and to the development of health services for poor women and children to reduce maternal and child mortality. The majority of Sida’s health assistance is channelled to countries in Africa. Sida’s financial support to health amounted to 1.6 billion in 2014, accounting for 8.4% of Sida’s total disbursements.