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Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)

Maternal health, wellbeing and survival must remain a central goal and an investment priority in the post-2015 framework for sustainable development to ensure that progress continues and accelerates, with a focus on reducing inequities and discrimination. Attention to maternal mortality and morbidity must be accompanied by improvements along the continuum of care for women and children, including commitments to sexual and reproductive health and newborn and child survival.

New approaches for preventing unsafe abortion

A HRP-led Supplement to the journal Reproductive Health Matters published in February 2015, shares new approaches to help expand access to medical abortion – the use of drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate an established pregnancy – to help prevent unnecessary mortality and complications caused by unsafe abortion and obsolete surgical procedures. The majority of the studies included within the Supplement came from a five-year research initiative that was supported by HRP and funded by an anonymous donor, with the aim of expanding access to health services and appropriate information to help prevent unsafe abortion.

Underuse of modern methods of contraception: underlying causes and consequent undesired pregnancies in 35 low- and middle-income countries

Fifteen million out of 16.7 million undesired pregnancies occurring annually in 35 countries could have been prevented with the optimal use of modern methods of contraception. A new WHO study, published in ‘Human Reproduction’ looks at the underuse of modern methods of contraception in 35 low-and middle-income countries. The study looks at the reasons behind the numbers and aims to identify actions to improve utilization of effective contraceptive methods.

Call to involve, mobilize and empower health-workers to end Female Genital Mutilation

On this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, WHO highlights the crucial role that health-workers can play to end this practice. Female Genital Mutilation has no medical or health benefits and violates the human rights of girls and women. Despite this, more than 18% of all Female Genital Mutilation is carried out by health care providers, and data suggests that this trend is growing. This year’s global event, calls for increased training and empowerment of health-workers across the sector – including doctors, nurses, midwives, and surgeons – to ensure their support for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation.


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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WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

Contributing to redefining the global agenda in sexual and reproductive health and an opportunity for the global community to address remaining challenges.