Sexual and reproductive health

Research on sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

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HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) is the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction, bringing together policy-makers, scientists, health care providers, clinicians, consumers and community representatives to identify and address priorities for research to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Over 40 years of innovation

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Over the years, HRP has contributed in many ways to advancing sexual and reproductive health. This shares highlights of some of the landmark achievements. It is dedicated to all those who have contributed their time and effort to the work of HRP.

About HRP


HRP’s vision is the attainment of all people 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 and marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

HRP is a global leader in reproductive health research

HRP supports and coordinates research on a global scale, synthesizes research through systematic reviews of literature, builds research capacity in low-income countries and develops dissemination tools to make efficient use of ever-increasing research information.