Sexual and reproductive health

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.

The World Health Assembly adopts strategies on STIs, HIV and Hepatitis

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26 May 2016: Member States of the WHO adopted the “Global Health Sector Strategy on Sexually Transmitted Infections. 2016 - 2021” at the 69th World Health Assembly. This follows extensive and broad consultation, and as part of the work being undertaken to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, WHO submitted three global health sector strategies to cover HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The World Health Assembly endorses the global plan of action on violence against women and girls, and also against children

May 27, 2016: Member States of the WHO adopt the “Global plan of action to strengthen the role of the health system within a national multisectoral response to address interpersonal violence, in particular against women and girls and against children” at the 69th World Health Assembly.

Abortion rates drop in more developed regions but fail to improve in developing regions*

Mozambique: after inserting an implant into a client's arm, a health worker in reiterates to her the advantages and disadvantages of different family planning methods.
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12 May 2016 -- New estimates, published today in the Lancet, indicate that the induced abortion rate has declined significantly in more developed countries between 1990 and 2014, but not in developing countries. A new study, undertaken by the Guttmacher Institute and WHO, has estimated that, worldwide, during the period 2010-2014, there were 35 abortions per 1000 women aged 15-44. This translates to over 56 million abortions per year.

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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

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.

Partnerships and initiatives

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In her statement to the media, Dr Margaret Chan summarized the evidence considered by members of an Emergency Committee on Zika virus disease convened under the International Health Regulations. The experts advised the Director-General that the outbreak, especially the association of clusters of microcephaly in time and place with infections, constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

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