Sexual and reproductive health

BJOG release: Call for new technologies to protect women globally against unintended pregnancy, HIV and STIs

A new supplement published today in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, focuses on Multipurpose Prevention Technologies (MPTs). Currently male and female condoms are the only methods which provide combination prevention against unintended pregnancy and STIs, including HIV, but more options are needed. The supplement looks at the public health rationale for MPTs and explores the sexual and reproductive health risks facing women and adolescents worldwide. It particularly focuses on the burden of unintended pregnancies and acquisition of STIs including HIV.

Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence

Three girls pose in a classroom in a village near Jodhpur, India.
Rose Reis/Photoshare

11 October is the UN International Day of the Girl Child. This year’s theme is “Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence”. Adolescence is a critical period that can determine the trajectory of girls’ lives. It is a stage at which key investments and support can set girls on a path towards empowerment, or when discrimination, recurrent constraints, harmful practices, and violence can send them down a negative spiral with lifelong consequences, not just for themselves, but for societies and future generations.

WHO launches programme to improve antenatal care in Mozambique

Women gather in the Nampula region of Mozambique to listen to nurses explain the ANC Model.
WHO

30 September -- Antenatal care is an important factor in ensuring women deliver their babies safely, and that those babies are healthy. This feature story describes how 10 clinics across Mozambique will be providing full antenatal care services by the end of 2015. It is also highlights the importance of a “person-centred” approach to health care, ensuring that everyone has access to the services they need, when they need them.

Ending disrespect and abuse during facility-based childbirth

Health care worker giving newborn baby to mother in health facility
Lieve Blancquaert

23 September: WHO and its partners around the world issue a statement on the prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during facility-based delivery. Every woman has the right to the highest attainable standard of health, including the right to dignified, respectful care during pregnancy and childbirth. However, across the world many women experience disrespectful, abusive, or neglectful treatment during childbirth in facilities. These practices can violate women’s rights, deter women from seeking and using maternal health care services and can have implications for their health and well-being.

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