Sexual and reproductive health

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WHO releases new fact sheets on adolescent contraceptive use

16 Dec. 2016 – WHO has launched a set of fact sheets which disaggregate existing data to highlight key information on the use and non-use of contraceptives by adolescents (ages 15-19) in 58 low and middle-income countries across the world.

WHO issues new selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use

14 December 2016 – This publication is one of WHO’s evidence-based guidance documents to support and strengthen national contraceptive/family planning programmes. It serves as a companion piece to Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) which focuses on who can use contraceptive methods safely, providing guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. This new guideline, Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use, looks more at how to use contraceptive methods safely and effectively.

Funding contraceptive programmes effectively. What the evidence says and what next.

15 December 2016 : Findings from five WHO-commissioned systematic reviews on financing mechanisms for contraceptive programmes were published today as a special supplement of Studies in Family Planning.

New tool to address gender inequality in monitoring and evaluation of HIV and SRH programmes

10 December 2016 – The theme for this year’s Human Rights Day is “Stand up for Someone’s Rights Today”. The first step in doing this is to make visible, through numbers and stories, those that are more vulnerable, discriminated against and marginalized. This requires the ability to measure and monitor how inequalities based on gender as well as ethnicity, social class, sexual orientation, or gender identity affect access to health services and health outcomes. To address this, it is an appropriate day for WHO to release a new tool for strengthening gender-sensitive national HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) monitoring and evaluation systems.

Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women (VAW)

30 November 2016 – The new WHO guidance, Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Intervention Research on Violence Against Women (VAW) provides a critical update to the previous WHO guidance from 2001, Putting Women First: Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Research on Domestic Violence Against Women. This publication – developed in conjunction with global experts on the topic – provides new and additional ethical and safety considerations for researchers working on violence against women.

WHO Software for frontline health workers receives new UNICEF Innovation Fund Award

28 November 2016 – The Open Smart Register Platform (OpenSRP) is a software system that supports frontline health workers to electronically register and monitor the health of their clients. Using mobile phones or tablets, the system frees health workers from cumbersome paperwork and helps to ensure that every individual is reached with essential health interventions.

New guidelines on antenatal care for a positive pregnancy experience

7 November 2016 – The World Health Organization has issued a new series of recommendations to improve quality of antenatal care to reduce the risk of stillbirths and pregnancy complications and give women a positive pregnancy experience. By focusing on a positive pregnancy experience, these new guidelines seek to ensure not only a health pregnancy for mother and baby, but also an effective transition to positive labour and childbirth and ultimately to a positive experience of motherhood.


Request for Proposals (RFPs)

Evidence from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) indicates that exposure of preterm infants to antenatal corticosteroids (ACS) reduces neonatal morbidity and mortality. The most critical and essential preconditions to achieve clinical benefits from ACS, however, are uncertain. There is a clear need, however, to establish through a high quality trial, the conditions under which ACS could be used to achieve benefit and minimize harm in health-care facilities in lower-income country settings. WHO and HRP are therefore conducting a two-arm, parallel, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of ACS for women in preterm labour at facilities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to improve newborn outcomes.

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

Supplement front cover

Supplement to Journal of Adolescent Health

What Works? Systematic Assessments of Sexual and Reproductive Interventions for Young People in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Technical publications






OMS: Fortalecer la función del sistema de salud para abordar la violencia contra las mujeres




OMS : Violence contre les femmes - Renforcer la réponse du système de santé



Upcoming events

WEBINAR: The multipurpose prevention role of condoms in the context of SRH/HIV linkages

18 January 2017 - from 14:30 - 16:00 (Geneva time) / 8:30 – 10:00 (Washington time)

Second Annual Conference of African Federation of Obstretrics and Gynecology and the 25th Annual Conference and Silver Jubilee Celebration of Ethiopian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists

February 2-4, 2017 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Dr V. Chandra-Mouli, WHO/HRP

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