Sexual and reproductive health

HRP Special Research Programme

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Ill-health from causes related to sexuality and reproduction remains a major cause of preventable death, disability and suffering, particularly among women in the developing world.


High-quality research in sexual and reproductive health yields the evidence that underlies the sound policy-making and services required to address these challenges. Research is also needed to improve the technologies for protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health and to understand how best to provide them, especially in areas of great poverty. Much information already exists, but it is scattered and sometimes contradictory; it needs to be reviewed by a body with the authority to achieve consensus among all those committed to improving health.

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The UNDP/UNFPA/ UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction has been widely known for many years by the abbreviation, HRP.