Sexual and reproductive health

New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

16 May 2016 - Health-care providers across the world need to be prepared to provide care to girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). New guidelines have been launched by WHO to help health-care providers give better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide who live with FGM.

Abortion rates drop in more developed regions but fail to improve in developing regions*

Mozambique: after inserting an implant into a client's arm, a health worker in reiterates to her the advantages and disadvantages of different family planning methods.
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12 May 2016 -- New estimates, published today in the Lancet, indicate that the induced abortion rate has declined significantly in more developed countries between 1990 and 2014, but not in developing countries. A new study, undertaken by the Guttmacher Institute and WHO, has estimated that, worldwide, during the period 2010-2014, there were 35 abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44. This translates to over 56 million abortions per year.

Opportunities to help safeguard sexual and reproductive health and rights in emergencies

Women and children returning to North Darfur after nine years spent in displacement camps.
United Nations

2 May 2016 -- A new commentary highlights the urgent need to answer to the specific sexual and reproductive health needs of girls and women living in emergency situations. Published in the May 2016 issue of the WHO Bulletin, which focuses on the implementation of the Global Strategy for Women's, Children's and Adolescents' health, the commentary also underlines the opportunities for political commitment at the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit.

Giving ‘voice to youth’ – WHO attends 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Zambia

19-23 March | LUSAKA Parliamentarians hold a unique position in that they can act as the voices of their constituents. They can also integrate and align legislation protecting human rights with national health policies, health-systems, and national health budgets. In recognition of this critical and unique role, WHO continues to work actively with parliamentarians, nationally, regionally and globally, with the aim of improving and advocating for the health of all people everywhere.


Reproductive Health and Research at WHO’s 69th World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO and meets annually in Geneva. This year’s meeting will take place from 23-28 May 2016, and will be attended by delegations from all its Member States. The main function of the Assembly is to determine the policies of the Organization.

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16 to 19 May 2016 --Women Deliver hosts the world's largest conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade.

Reproductive Health Library (RHL)

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.

Research on sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

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2016-2021 Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, and Sexually Transmitted Infections

The draft global health sector strategy on sexually transmitted infections describes an important component of the health sector contribution. It outlines actions for countries and for WHO.

Women in the context of microcephaly and Zika virus disease

The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly.

Partnerships and initiatives

African woman with her two children.

In her statement to the media, Dr Margaret Chan summarized the evidence considered by members of an Emergency Committee on Zika virus disease convened under the International Health Regulations. The experts advised the Director-General that the outbreak, especially the association of clusters of microcephaly in time and place with infections, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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