Sexual and reproductive health

New series published to support the use of qualitative research in decision-making

Health care workers reviewing files together.
HRP/Mark Leong

25 January 2018: In recognition of the need to guide researchers in combining and analysing findings from qualitative evidence syntheses, a series of ‘how-to’ papers about applying a new methodology for qualitative evidence syntheses, has been published in the journal Implementation Science.

Forging a consensus on ending preventable maternal mortality

An indigenous Mayan woman cradles her newborn son in a maternity ward, Guatemala

In April 2014, United Nations agencies, donors, country stakeholders and other development partners met in Bangkok, Thailand for a “Consultation on targets and strategies for ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)”. The discussions were the culmination of earlier technical consultations that employed specific analytical methods to define feasible maternal mortality targets. The EPMM Working Group is now inviting comments on the draft paper “Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality”.

Over a million pregnant women infected with syphilis worldwide

Finger stick testing for syphilis in a health center of Mozambique
Finger stick testing for syphilis in Mozambique

Syphilis affects large numbers of pregnant women worldwide, causing serious health problems and even death to their babies. One study estimates the percentage of pregnant women tested for syphilis and adequately treated, ranges from 30% for Africa and the Mediterranean region to 70% for Europe. Another study suggests that, unless testing and treatment of syphilis in pregnancy are universally available, over half of pregnancies in women with syphilis will result in an adverse outcome.

WHO country data on sexually transmitted infections

For the first time, country-level STI data are available through the WHO Global Health Observatory. This data are reported by countries to WHO. Currently available indicators include testing of antenatal care attendees for syphilis (coverage and positivity), syphilis positivity in men who have sex with men (MSM), and syphilis in sex workers.

WHO: The International Classification of Diseases

Health service coverage indicators

The WHO annual world health statistics include data on the following related MDG indicators:
unmet need for family planning; contraceptive prevalence; antenatal care coverage; births attended by skilled health personnel.

Universal access to reproductive health

Front cover

Case-studies from seven countries (Brazil, Cambodia, India, Morocco, United Republic of Tanzania, Uzbekistan and Zambia) illustrating application of a variety of strategies to improve access to sexual and reproductive health, lessons learnt during implementation and results achieved.