Sexual and reproductive health

Highlights of 2015

Department of Reproductive Health and Research including UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)


Highlights front cover

Publication details

Number of pages: 24
Publication date: May 2016
Languages: English, French
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/HRP/16.06


The Human Reproduction Programme (HRP), is the main instrument and leading research agency within the United Nations system concerned with sexual and reproductive health and rights. The World Health Organization (WHO) serves as the executing agency for HRP, which is housed within, and forms part of, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR Department).

Established in 1972, HRP supports and coordinates research on a global scale; synthesizes research through systematic reviews of literature; strengthens research capacity in low-income countries; and develops novel dissemination approaches to make efficient use of an ever-increasing body of research and information. By virtue of its unique co-sponsorship arrangement, the work of HRP is coordinated with, and contributes to, the work of its co-sponsors and partners including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), WHO, the World Bank, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)