Sexual and reproductive health

Marleen Temmerman

Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research including UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction

Portrait of Dr Marleen Temmerman

Elected senator, Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics with years of research and project implementation experience worldwide, Marleen Temmerman brings a unique blend of clinical, research, politics and parliamentary knowledge to WHO’s work on sexual and reproductive health. Working with the global community, she strives for a world where all women and men, including adolescents and those who are underserved or marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, and where their rights to health are promoted and protected.


  • Professor of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Ghent university, Belgium; Diploma in tropical medicine and public health
  • Founding Director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health working internationally on sexual and reproductive health and rights research, capacity building, implementation and advocacy (
  • Member of the independent Expert Review Group (iERG), the principal review group on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Strategy on Information and Accountability for Women and Children
  • Elected senator in the Belgian Parliament, responsible for putting health development and gender equality on the political agenda
  • Over 400 scientific papers and more than 20 books in three languages
  • Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium
  • Member of the Board of Directors for the University Hospital of Ghent
  • Numerous awards and honorary doctorates, including from University of Western Cape, South Africa and Free University of Brussels, Belgium



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