Sexual and reproductive health

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Improving preterm birth outcomes: WHO launches new guidance

24 August 2015 - Complications of preterm birth are the leading cause of death amongst children under five years of age. Without appropriate treatment, survivors of complications of preterm birth are at increased risk of lifelong disability and poor quality of life. WHO’s new guidance WHO recommendations on interventions to improve preterm birth outcomes has been launched to help prevent the complications and consequences of preterm birth.

Tool to calculate caesarean section reference rates at health facilities is launched: the C-Model

13 August 2015 - A new mathematical tool, known as the C-Model and developed by WHO RHR /HRP and partners, has been launched which is able to estimate the expected caesarean section rate in health facilities according to the characteristics of the population they serve. This is important, not for health facilities to strive to achieve a specific caesarean section rate, but to ensure that caesarean sections are provided to women in need.

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.


Confronting Gender Based Violence: Global Lessons with Case Studies from India

This course introduces participants from the health care sector to gender based violence (GBV), including global epidemiology of GBV, health outcomes, seminal research, policy and ethical guidelines, and clinical best practices for GBV prevention, support and management.

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

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 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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Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth - WHO Statement



Upcoming events

XXI FIGO World Congress of Gyecology and Obstetrics

4-9 October 2015, Vancouver, Canada

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is the only worldwide non‐profit organization that groups obstetricians and gynecologists. It is a member association in 125 countries/territories.

The FIGO World Congress is built around science and its advancement, and addresses the many issues that affect women’s health world‐wide. The congress will include plenary sessions, keynote lectures, seminars and poster presentations. Young scientists will be encouraged to present their work. The scientific and industrial exhibits will present the latest information and provide attendees with insight into the ongoing changes in obstetrics and gynecology.

FIGO’s mission is to promote the well-being of women and to raise the standards of practice in obstetrics and gynecology.

International Conference on Family Planning 2015

November 9-12 2015, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) brings the family planning community together to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward.

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