Sexual and reproductive health

Online consultation for three Global Health Sector Strategies for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV, and Viral Hepatitis

As the world looks to 2030, and prepares to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Health Organization is developing three related global health sector strategies: HIV; viral hepatitis; and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The strategies will cover 2016-2021 and will be finalized for consideration by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. We are now seeking stakeholder input into the three strategies. From the following links you can access an online survey as well as early drafts of the three strategies and other background documents.

59th Commission on the Status of Women takes place in New York

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9 -20 March: NEW YORK, USA. The 59th session of the annual Commission on the Status of Women has now begun, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, and will continue until 20 March 2015. Experts from WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP (HRP) are attending the Commission, which is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women, and which will bring together a total of 8,600 representatives, including more than 1,100 non-governmental organizations, as well as representatives from government and UN agencies.

Call to involve, mobilize and empower health-workers to end Female Genital Mutilation

Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.
Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.

6 February 2015 – WORLDWIDE - WHO joins people across the globe today, to stand in solidarity against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and to highlight the crucial role that health-workers can play to help end this practice. Female Genital Mutilation is a global health issue, and can have devastating physical, psychological, and social consequences for women and girls.


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.

Reproductive Health Library

RHL takes the best available evidence on sexual and reproductive health from Cochrane systematic reviews and presents it as practical actions for clinicians (and policy-makers) to improve health outcomes, especially in developing countries.

H4+ Working together for Women’s and Children’s Health

WHO and partners programmes UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women, and the World Bank work together as the H4+ in a joint effort to improve the health of women and children and accelerate progress towards achieving Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 (reducing child mortality) and 5 (improving maternal health).

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Scaling up what works in family planning/reproductive health