HRP at 40: Special free topic issue of “Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation”

10 DECEMBER 2012 | GENEVA - UNDP, UNFPA, WHO and the World Bank are marking 40 years of research and training in reproductive health in their joint Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction HRP with a special, free issue of the journal - “Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation”.

This volume, edited by the WHO Assistant Deputy-General, Dr Flavia Bustreo, is a ‘must read’ resource on 40 years of research to develop and guide interventions for improving sexual and reproductive health by HRP and includes a special interview with Dr Marleen Temmerman, new Director of HRP at the WHO.

Insights are provided on how HRP was established to conduct research to address evolving needs in human reproduction. Over the years, HRP has been a global leader in the generation and synthesis of evidence on new methodologies in the field. It contributed to defining the concept of reproductive health and assists countries in their efforts to attain the Millennium Development Goals and targets, especially that for achieving universal access to reproductive health. This special issue provides a chronicle of its achievements and includes significant references on its pioneering work. Tracing the history of HRP through informative articles, this work provides valuable reading for all those interested in the areas of family planning, obstetrics, fertility, gynecology, AIDS research, andrology and epidemiology.