Sexual and reproductive health

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Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections - A WHO-sponsored Collection in PLOS Medicine

27 February 2018 | Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and bacterial vaginosis (BV), a common infection of the vagina, are widespread globally. These conditions have important health consequences, including genital symptoms, pregnancy complications, infertility, enhanced HIV transmission, and psychosocial effects.

Making childbirth a positive experience

15 February 2018 | Launch of new WHO guideline on intrapartum care - Worldwide, about 140 million women give birth every year. Whilst much is known about the clinical management of labour and childbirth less attention is paid to what, beyond clinical interventions, needs to be done to make women feel safe, comfortable and positive about the experience. A new WHO guideline, launched today, contains 56 evidence-based recommendations detailing both the clinical and non-clinical care that is needed throughout labour and immediately afterwards for women and for newborns. One of the key recommendations in this guideline recognizes that every birth is unique, while some labours progress quickly, others don’t and unnecessary medical interventions should be avoided if the woman and her baby are in good condition.

Family Planning - A global handbook for providers

13 February 2018 | Crucial to the success of family planning efforts worldwide is a well-educated and trained health workforce, and for whom, this new edition of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, commonly known as the FP Global Handbook has been published today.

Working to end myths and misconceptions about female genital mutilation

6 February 2018 | Today WHO joins individuals, organizations and UN partners worldwide in marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM has no health benefits, and it harms girls and women in many ways. It reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women. Despite this, a number of myths and misconceptions about FGM persist, which support the perpetuation of this harmful practice.



Scientific Adviser

Project Manager

Grade: P5, Contractual Arrangement: Temporary Appointment, Contract duration: 6 months

Human Rights Advisor: Consultant

The WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) seeks an experienced Consultant for one year to work on Department’s research and capacity building, normative and standard-setting work related to human rights and humanitarian policy dimensions related to sexual and reproductive health. S/he will provide strategic advice and represent the Department in high-level negotiations and global processes on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Requests For Proposals (RFP)

Dynamic Modelling of HSV-2 and HIV Infections to Estimate the Burden of HSV-associated HIV Infections and the Predicted Impact of HSV Vaccines

Call for papers

WHO has published Clinical guidelines for responding to children and adolescents who have experienced sexual abuse in October last year. The systematic reviews carried out to develop the evidence for these guidelines will be published in a special issue of Child Abuse & Neglect – The International Journal, edited by guest editors Claudia García-Moreno & Harriet Macmillan: Responding to child and adolescent sexual abuse: Advances and gaps in clinical practice.

A number of gaps in the research were highlighted in the guidelines, particularly from low and middle-income countries, therefore we would like to draw your attention to the call for papers for this special issue. The purpose of this special issue is to bring forward the evidence on clinical interventions and practices in responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused. Papers can include findings from primary data collection or evidence-synthesis by way of systematic reviews. Both qualitative and quantitative studies are encouraged to be submitted. We encourage papers that address some of the topics outlined in the call for papers, which can be found below:

Abstracts (250 words) can be sent to Megin Reijnders copying Claudia Garcia-Moreno by March 23, 2018

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.


Journal articles

A special supplement to the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections highlights the urgent importance of investing in the research, development and scaling up of the use of point-of-care tests.

Published by the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics the special supplement shares some of the findings of the first phase of the WHO “Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty” (BOLD) study.

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TEDx Talks

How talking about sex could end STIs

Teodora Elvira Wi, WHO/HRP

In this funny and eye-opening talk about the challenges we face today with safe sex and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Teodora Elvira Wi shares heartwarming personal stories around sex, STIs and the urgent need to break down the stigma.


Strengthening the health system response to violence against women

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