Sexual and reproductive health

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New guidance for the prevention and control of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The new guidance being at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia on 3 December 2014 could mean the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide.

Saving mothers and newborn lives in the face of the devastating Ebola outbreak

UNICEF, WHO and Save the Children have developed this guide to provide essential information on what needs to be done differently to save mothers and newborn lives in the face of this devastating outbreak, with a special focus on the time of labour, delivery and the first week of life. The recommendations are also intended to minimize the exposure of health care providers to blood and bodily fluids that could transmit Ebola.

Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs)

A new supplement published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, focuses on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs). Currently male and female condoms are the only methods which provide combination prevention against unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV, but more options are needed. The supplement looks at the public health rationale for MPTs and explores the sexual and reproductive health risks facing women and adolescents worldwide

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Adolescence is a critical period that can determine the trajectory of girls’ lives. It is a stage at which key investments and support can set girls on a path towards empowerment, or when discrimination, recurrent constraints, harmful practices, and violence can send them down a negative spiral with lifelong consequences, not just for themselves, but for societies and future generations.



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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