New findings from the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health

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The Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health (WHOMCS) is the largest study to date assessing the management of severe maternal complications and the prevalence of maternal near miss. New analyses of the study data set covering a wide range of issues, including the major causes of maternal mortality and severe morbidity and social determinants of health, are presented in this special supplement to BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and is freely available from the link below.

Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

An estimated 222 million girls and women who do not want to get pregnant, or who want to delay their next pregnancy, are not using any method of contraception. For International Women’s Day, WHO has launched new guidance to help countries ensure human rights are respected in providing more girls, women, and couples with the information and services they need to avoid unwanted pregnancies. The guidance recommends that everyone who wants contraception should be able to obtain detailed and accurate information, and a variety of services, such as counselling as well as contraceptive products. It also underlines the need for no discrimination, coercion or violence, with special attention given to assuring access to those who are disadvantaged and marginalized.

Increased investment in vaccines key to reducing sexually transmitted infections

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).

Understanding unsafe abortion

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98% of unsafe abortions take place in developing countries

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.

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