Sexual and reproductive health

WHO launches new treatment guidelines for chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis

30 August 2016: More than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are acquired every day worldwide. STIs present a major burden of disease and negatively affect people’s well-being across the globe. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are three STIs which are all caused by bacteria and which can potentially be cured by antibiotics. Unfortunately, these STIs often go undiagnosed and due to antibiotic resistance, they are also becoming increasingly difficult to treat.

Counting and reviewing every birth and death is key to preventing future tragedies

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WHO/Yoshi Shimizu

16 August 2016 -- Every day, women die during childbirth and babies are born stillborn. With quality health care throughout pregnancy and childbirth, many of these deaths could be prevented, but countries often lack the knowledge and capacity needed to take actions to stop other women and babies dying in the same way. To address this issue WHO is today launching two new tools to help countries improve their data on stillbirths and neonatal deaths as well as a report on the global status of implementation of maternal death surveillance and response (MDSR), a key strategy for reducing preventable maternal mortality

Hormonal contraception and the risk of HIV acquisition in women

A community health worker is providing two women with counseling and family planning information.
Jonathan Torgovnik

August 9 2016: The World Health Organization will convene an expert review group later in 2016 to examine the links between the use of various hormonal contraceptive methods and women’s risk of HIV acquisition. The expert review group will assess whether current WHO guidance needs to change in the light of a new review of data, commissioned by WHO and published today in AIDS.

New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

16 May 2016 - Health-care providers across the world need to be prepared to provide care to girls and women who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). New guidelines have been launched by WHO to help health-care providers give better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide who live with FGM.


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16 to 19 May 2016 --Women Deliver hosts the world's largest conference on the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women in the last decade.

Reproductive Health Library (RHL)

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.

Research on sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

Partnerships and initiatives

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World Health Assembly 2016

Reproductive Health and Research at WHO’s 69th World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO and meets annually in Geneva. This year’s meeting took place from 23-28 May 2016. The main function of the Assembly is to determine the policies of the Organization.


Women in the context of microcephaly and Zika virus disease

The risk of babies born with microcephaly has raised understandable concerns among women including those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. There are many unknowns regarding the possible causes of microcephaly.

Research on the Zika virus outbreak in the Americas - Call for applications

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Call for Applications for the HRP/TDR/PAHO Joint Small Grants Programme (SGP) to approach the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in a holistic manner that encompasses epidemiology, vector control, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and health systems. Researchers and health care providers working in low- and middle-countries with ZIKA outbreaks in the Latin American and Caribbean Regions of PAHO are eligible. English, Español, Português

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