Sexual and reproductive health

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WHO launches new manual to strengthen health systems to better respond to women survivors of violence

24 November 2017 | Health care providers have an important role to play in identifying women who experience violence, and responding to them with empathy. In order for health care providers to be able to respond appropriately, health systems need to be strengthened so that women receive high-quality and respectful care. In recognition of this, WHO has launched a new manual to help health managers and policy-makers to strengthen health systems to deliver better quality of care to women who are subjected to violence.

WHO updates recommendation on intravenous tranexamic acid for the treatment of postpartum haemorrhage

1 November 2017 | Improving care for women around the time of childbirth to prevent and treat postpartum haemorrhage is a necessary step towards achievement of the health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals. Efforts to prevent and reduce morbidity and mortality associated with postpartum haemorrhage can reduce the profound inequities in maternal health globally.

Responding to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused

19 October 2017 | For the first time, WHO has published guidelines to help (primarily) front-line healthcare providers give high-quality, compassionate, and respectful care to children and adolescents (up to age 18) who have or may have experienced sexual abuse, including sexual assault or rape.

International Day of the Girl Child 2017:
EmPOWER girls

11 October 2017 | WHO joins individuals, communities and organizations worldwide in marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child. This event commemorates the importance of gender equality and human rights for the well-being and health of girls and young women everywhere. It recognizes that empowering girls to achieve their full potential is also essential for their families and for their societies.

137th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly: Decision makers work to improve health and well-being

14-17 October 2017 | The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly brought together parliamentarians and decision makers from around the globe to discuss and make progress on the world’s most pressing issues. WHO representatives attended the 137th Assembly, one of the best attended IPU Assembly, with Speakers of Parliament from more than 100 countries, and delegates from more than 150, to highlight the importance of ensuring health, and in particular sexual and reproductive health and rights, of all people worldwide with a particular focus on women, children and adolescents.



External Relations Officer

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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Journal of Adolescent Health

Supplement: The Global Early Adolescent Study: An Exploration of the Factors that Shape Adolescence

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Family Planning Evidence Briefs






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Strengthening the health system response to violence against women


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

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