Sexual and reproductive health

Celebrating international women’s day: Empowering women, empowering humanity

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Photos: World Bank

8 March 2015 – International women’s day is a day of celebration and reflection on progress made to promote and protect women’s equality and human rights. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action. The Declaration laid down a pathway for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Over the past 20 years, governments have taken steps towards implementing the commitments made in Beijing. Overall progress has been made in reducing maternal mortality and, to a greater extent, infant mortality and morbidity rates. Progress accelerated with the launch of the United Nations Secretary-General’s Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health in 2010.

Call to involve, mobilize and empower health-workers to end Female Genital Mutilation

Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.
Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.

6 February 2015 – WORLDWIDE - WHO joins people across the globe today, to stand in solidarity against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to highlight the crucial role that health-workers can play to help end this practice. Female Genital Mutilation is a global health issue, and can have devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for women and girls.

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.


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