Sexual and reproductive health

The power of girls: ensuring health, unlocking potential

Maasai tribe classmates play in a schoolyard.
Jonathan Torgovnik

11 October 2015 – This year’s International Day of the Girl Child celebrates the incredible potential of adolescent girls worldwide, and recognises their right to a ‘safe, educated and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women’.

Preventing and treating infections around the time of childbirth – WHO launches new guidance

A smiling woman looks at her infant.

2 October 2015: Bacterial infections around the time of childbirth (peripartum infections) account for about one tenth of maternal deaths globally. WHO has launched a new guidance to help health professionals and policy makers reduce the global burden of maternal infections and their complications around the time of childbirth.

Call to action to improve the health of women, children and adolescents worldwide

14 September 2015: GENEVA In a special supplement published by The BMJ, public health experts from around the globe highlight the critical actions and investments that will have the greatest impact on the health of women, children and adolescents. Although great strides have been made to reduce child and maternal mortality since 1990, the authors explain how many more lives could and can be saved by improving access to essential health interventions.

Launch of mHealth toolkit to help innovators scale up projects for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

24 September 2015: WASHINGTON DC, USA. A new toolkit has been launched to help mHealth (mobile health) implementers to successfully and sustainably scale-up their innovations. Going beyond other resources on the subject, the MAPS toolkit provides crucial advice that is understandable and immediately useful.


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.

Partnerships and initiatives

African woman with her two children.

Research on sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

WHO and ICPD beyond 2014

Contributing to redefining the global agenda in sexual and reproductive health and an opportunity for the global community to address remaining challenges.

Search WHO guidelines on sexual and reproductive health