Sexually transmitted infections are a massive health challenge with more than a million new infections occurring every day. Increased investment in research and development for new vaccines is key to halting the spread of genital herpes, gonorrhoea, chlamydia, syphilis, and trichomoniasis, according to a new special issue of the journal Vaccine, co-edited by WHO and the United States’ National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute of Health (NIH).
The World Health Organization defines unsafe abortion as a procedure for terminating a pregnancy performed by persons lacking the necessary skills or in an environment not in conformity with minimal medical standards, or both. Although widely used, this definition is inconsistently interpreted. In this new article published in WHO’s Bulletin we discuss its correct interpretation and operationalization.
More than 125 million girls and woman alive today have been cut in the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is concentrated. Furthermore, due to migration, surprising numbers of cases of FGM are coming to light in other parts of the world as well.
As part of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation, we profile Dr. Jasmine Abdulcadir, a physician in a multidisciplinary group of healthcare providers offering services to women in Geneva who have been subjected to FGM.
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). The H4+ serves as the lead technical partners for the United Nations Secretary-General's Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.
Reproductive Health Library
30 Sept. to 3 Oct. 2014, Cape Town, South Africa