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WHO validates elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba

30 June 2015 - Washington DC-Geneva - Cuba today became the first country in the world to receive validation from the World Health Organization that it has eliminated mother to child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible. This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation” said Dr Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General.

Women face diverse forms of mistreatment and abuse during childbirth in health facilities worldwide

30 JUNE 2015 - In many settings worldwide, women face mistreatment during childbirth. According to the authors of a new WHO-led systematic review, this can include physical, sexual and verbal abuse, a lack of supportive care, neglect, discrimination and a denial of autonomy. The typology of how women are mistreated during childbirth presented in this systematic review is based on a synthesis of qualitative and quantitative evidence from 65 studies conducted in 34 countries.

Expanding access to contraception

Family planning allows people to attain their desired number of children and determine the spacing of pregnancies. It is achieved through use of contraceptive methods and the treatment of infertility. Promotion of family planning – and ensuring access to preferred contraceptive methods for women and couples – is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the health and development of communities. WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) provides family planning providers with guidance on helping those living with medical conditions to find a contraceptive method that works for them.


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Call for RHL Contributors

Available in multiple languages, WHO’ 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.

  • 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

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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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Upcoming events

International Council of Nurses and Council of National Representatives International Conference Theme: Global Citizen, Global Nursing

18-23 June 2015 – Seoul, Republic of Korea

This meeting will bring together nurses from all over the world to advance and improve the coverage and quality of health services, demonstrate the nursing contribution to the health of individuals, families and communities and provide opportunities for nurses to disseminate knowledge and expertise within the international community.

ICM Asia Pacific Regional Conference Theme: Midwifery care for every mother and their newborn

19-22 July 2015 – Yokohama, Japan

The Japanese Nursing Association in conjunction with the Japanese Midwives Association and Japan Academy of Midwifery will be hosting the International Confederation of Midwives Asia Pacific Regional Conference. This is a conference that takes place every three years and offers a platform to share technical skills and scientific knowledge related to midwifery in addition to promoting the role of midwifery as a specialist profession.

1st ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) Good Practices Forum in Health

Theme of Forum: Ending Preventable Mother and Child Deaths in West Africa - What works in Reproductive Health and Family Planning

The West African Health Organization, in collaboration with Member States and partners, are in the process of organizing the 1st ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health (FBPS) that will be held on 29-31 July 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The forum will bring together senior officials from ministries of health, regional health experts, researchers and managers of training and research institutions, major local, regional and international NGOs, managers of private companies involved in the health sector, as well as partners in the region and elsewhere.

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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.