Sexual and reproductive health

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New checklist published to help improve reporting of mHealth interventions

22 March 2016 -- A major obstacle to widespread adoption of mobile health (mHealth) innovations at scale has been the absence of guidelines from normative bodies. To address this lack, WHO collaborated with a team, which includes researchers from John Hopkins Global mHealth Initiative and the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP’s mHealth Technical Evidence Group (mTERG), to develop standard criteria for reporting findings from research and innovation implementation. This resulted in the mHealth Evaluation, Reporting and Assessment (mERA) checklist, which represent the first step in this direction – recently published in The BMJ.

Giving ‘voice to youth’ – WHO attends 134th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Zambia

19-23 March | LUSAKA Parliamentarians hold a unique position in that they can act as the voices of their constituents. They can also integrate and align legislation protecting human rights with national health policies, health-systems, and national health budgets. In recognition of this critical and unique role, WHO continues to work actively with parliamentarians, nationally, regionally and globally, with the aim of improving and advocating for the health of all people everywhere.


Career opportunity

Technical Officer (Human Reproduction): This position will lead the secretariat of The Implementing Best Practices (IBP) Consortium, which is composed of 44 partner organizations and is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the family planning/reproductive health community to identify, implement, and scale-up effective practices through sharing knowledge and resources.

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.


Journal articles



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


Upcoming events

Women Deliver

May 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark

From 16-19 May 2016 Women Deliver will host the world's largest conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade

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Microcephaly/Zika virus

Ward Cates – a champion for sexual and reproductive health and rights

It was with much sadness, that HRP learned of the death of Ward Cates on Friday 18 March, 2016. Ward had a long and fruitful association with HRP, initially through his involvement in several HRP Infertility Task Force activities, when he led groundbreaking work on global patterns of infertility.

TEDx Talks

Why we shouldn’t shy away from sexual education
Dr V. Chandra-Mouli, WHO/HRP

RHL on iPad

Available for iPad, the RHL app allows you to access the entire library offline

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