Sexual and reproductive health

About us

The Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR)

Young couple, Morocco
The World Bank/Julio Etchart

The vision of WHO/RHR is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. It strives for a world where all women’s and men’s rights to enjoy sexual and reproductive health are promoted and protected, and all women and men, including adolescents and those who are underserved or marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

WHO/RHR’s work is premised on the need to achieve access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health, in order to meet the needs of diverse populations, particularly the most vulnerable. It is shaped around the five components of WHO’s Global reproductive health strategy:

  • improving antenatal, perinatal, postpartum and newborn care;
  • providing high-quality services for family planning, including infertility services;
  • eliminating unsafe abortion;
  • combating sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, reproductive tract infections, cervical cancer and other sexual and reproductive health morbidities;
  • promoting sexual health.

Special programme of research HRP

UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special programme of research, development and research training in human reproduction (HRP)

Highlights of 2013

Through its work in research, research capacity strengthening and programme development, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), including HRP*, contributes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular the targets for achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.