Sexual and reproductive health

WHO joins the world in marking the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.
UNICEF/Pirozzi
Women in Egypt hold up their hands in the 'peace' sign, during a session on the dangers of Female Genital Mutilation.

6 Feb 2016: WHO joins organizations and people worldwide to mark this year’s International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and to stand in solidarity against this practice.

Screening as well as vaccination is essential in the fight against cervical cancer

Illustration of cervical cancer screening in Mongolia.
WHO / WPRO /Nomin Lkhagvasuren

An estimated one million-plus women worldwide are currently living with cervical cancer. Many have no access to health services for prevention, curative treatment or palliative care. Cervical cancer is a consequence of a long term infection with human papillomavirus (HPV), and the majority of cervical cancer cases (>80%) occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The neglected tragedy of stillbirths

Health care worker listening to heart sounds during a pregnancy consultation.
UNICEF//Michele Sibiloni

19 January 2016 -- Worldwide in 2015, for every 1000 total births, 18.4 babies were stillborn, mostly in low- and middle-income countries. Progress in reducing this rate has been slow and at present speed, 160 years will pass before a pregnant woman in Africa has the same chance of her baby being born alive as a woman in a high-income country today. Even in high-income countries rates vary from 1.3 to 8 per 1000 births, a variation that shows further improvements are possible. A Lancet Series of five papers offers a roadmap for eliminating stillbirths by 2030, one the most neglected tragedies in global health today.

New WHO tool helps guide contraception choices following childbirth

A health-care provider uses a tool available on her mobile phone during a consultation with a mother and her baby.
HRP/Mark Leong

26 January 2016 | NUSA DUA, INDONESIA - Postpartum women are among those with the greatest unmet need for family planning, yet they often do not receive the services they need to support longer birth intervals or reduce unintended pregnancies and their consequences. To help address this need, WHO has developed a new digital tool to help women access safe contraceptive options in the immediate or extended postpartum period.

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WHO Director-General summarizes the outcome of the Emergency Committee on Zika

 

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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African woman with her two children.

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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