Sexual and reproductive health

Call for more research and greater efforts to prevent and control the spread of herpes simplex virus

21 January 2015 - New WHO-led global estimates for herpes simplex virus type 2, published by PLOS ONE, show that over 400 million people worldwide were infected with the virus in 2012. The estimates underline the extent to which herpes simplex virus type 2 – the virus which causes genital herpes – is widespread throughout the world, causing a significant global burden of disease.

New guidance for the prevention and control of cervical cancer

HPV vaccination of adolescent girls in a school, Brazil.
HPV Vaccination in Sao Paulo Brazil. March 2014

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The new guidance being at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia on 3 December 2014 could mean the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide.

HRP Alliance competitive intraregional grant - call for applications

Improving quality of care in sexual and reproductive health - Global efforts over the past decade have been directed at increasing skilled birth attendance. These efforts have been rewarded with trends towards higher rates of health facility deliveries in all regions. With increasing utilization of services, an increasing proportion of avoidable maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality is occurring in facilities. In this context, the quality of care in facilities becomes a key factor in preventing poor maternal and newborn outcomes.

Among other contraceptive methods, sterilization is an important option for individuals and couples to control their fertility. When performed according to appropriate clinical standards with informed consent, sterilization methods such as vasectomy and tubal ligation are safe and effective means of permanently controlling fertility. Laws, regulations, policies and practices should ensure that the provision of procedures resulting in sterilization is based on the full, free and informed decision-making of the person concerned.


WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

Contributing to redefining the global agenda in sexual and reproductive health and an opportunity for the global community to address remaining challenges.

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H4+ Working together for Women’s and Children’s Health

WHO and partners programmes UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, and the World Bank work together as the H4+ in a joint effort to improve the health of women and children and accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health).

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Scaling up what works in family planning/reproductive health

Reproductive Health Library

RHL takes the best available evidence on sexual and reproductive health from Cochrane systematic reviews and presents it as practical actions for clinicians (and policy-makers) to improve health outcomes, especially in developing countries.

RHL on iPad

Available for iPad, the RHL app allows you to access the entire library offline