Sexual and reproductive health

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Expanding health worker roles to help improve access to safe abortion and post-abortion care: WHO launches new guideline

29 July 2015 - Around 22 million unsafe abortions are estimated to take place worldwide each year, almost all in low- and middle-income countries. Adolescent girls and those who are poor, unmarried, less educated, and who live in rural contexts are particularly at risk of unsafe abortion. WHO’s new guideline Health worker roles in providing safe abortion care and post-abortion contraception aims to help break down one critical barrier which limits access to safe abortion care – the lack of trained providers.

WHO validates elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

30 June 2015 - Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization that it has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible. This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

Women face diverse forms of mistreatment and abuse during childbirth in health facilities worldwide

30 JUNE 2015 - In many settings worldwide, women face mistreatment during childbirth. According to the authors of a new WHO-led systematic review, this can include physical, sexual and verbal abuse, a lack of supportive care, neglect, discrimination and a denial of autonomy. The typology of how women are mistreated during childbirth presented in this systematic review is based on a synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence from 65 studies conducted in 34 countries.


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Call for RHL Contributors

Available in multiple languages, WHO’s Reproductive Health Library (RHL) is visited over 200,000 times a month by reproductive health providers worldwide. The WHO Reproductive Health Library includes high-quality summaries of systematic reviews relevant to reproductive health providers, WHO recommendations on reproductive health practice, and how-to videos of key reproductive health procedures.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join us as RHL contributors, from colleagues who:

  • Have experience in reproductive health practice and/or research
  • Are interested in opportunities for international collaboration and knowledge translation
  • Are keen to work with WHO on improving the quality of reproductive health care worldwide
  • Have good writing and scientific skills

All expressions of interest can be sent to RHL@who.int.

Call for intention of interest:

The HRP Special Programme submits its research projects for consideration, comment, guidance and approval to an established advisory body of international experts to assess each project’s scientific design, as well as technical and financial/budgetary aspects. HRP research projects cover all topic areas of sexual and reproductive health and includes projects that involve human participants, involve biological material obtained from human participants, obtain information from human participants, access records on human participants or involve experiments in animals. The type of research under consideration is not restricted and includes: basic, biomedical, epidemiological, social science, as well as operations, implementation, health systems and programme development research. If you are currently, or have recently served on a research proposal/protocol review body technically assessing projects in sexual and reproductive health, and you are interested in being considered as a member of the HRP Research Project Review Panel, please submit your interest via e-mail to (reproductivehealth@who.int) with your e-mail subject line reading “HRP Research Project Review Panel”. Please include a recent consolidated C.V, including a publication list as appropriate.


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1st ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) Good Practices Forum in Health

Theme of Forum: Ending Preventable Mother and Child Deaths in West Africa - What works in Reproductive Health and Family Planning

The West African Health Organization, in collaboration with Member States and partners, are in the process of organizing the 1st ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health (FBPS) that will be held on 29-31 July 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The forum will bring together senior officials from ministries of health, regional health experts, researchers and managers of training and research institutions, major local, regional and international NGOs, managers of private companies involved in the health sector, as well as partners in the region and elsewhere.


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