Sexual and reproductive health

Prioritizing integrated mHealth strategies for universal health coverage

12 September 2014: A new article, authored by WHO and Johns Hopkins on prioritizing mHealth strategies for universal health coverage was published today in Science. The article, drawing from seminal work in health systems analysis, presents a novel framework for visualizing and planning how mHealth innovations can be applied to help surmount common and persistent constraints along the pathways toward the achievement of universal health coverage. It responds to the need for a framework to help prioritize investments and opportunities for collaboration, in the context of a growing interest in use of telecommunications technologies to help scale up and integrate public health interventions of known efficacy.

Half of preterm babies born in hospitals miss out on life-saving drug

Photo of man holding newborn baby
Photo: Lieve Blancquaert
Antenatal corticosteroids could save the lives of some 400 000 premature babies

A new World Health Organization study reveals that only half of women who gave birth preterm in hospitals have received steroid injections which prevent death and disability among vulnerable, preterm newborns. The study is the largest to look at the use of these life-saving drugs internationally. These drugs have existed for decades, don’t require refrigeration, and cost less than US$ 1 an injection.

WHO releases revised recommendations for hormonal contraceptive use for women at high risk of HIV and women living with HIV

Mothers with children waiting outside a general clinic in Lesotho to receive ARV treatment

24 July 2014 – During the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, the World Health Organization announced that following a review of existing epidemiological evidence, including new studies published since 2012, no changes to the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) recommendations for initiating or continuing hormonal contraceptives among women at high risk of HIV or living with HIV were warranted. Also, the revised guideline adds recommendations across classes of antiretroviral medications and the individual medications themselves.

WHO commits to stand against female genital mutilation (FGM) and child, early and forced marriage (CEFM)

22 July 2014 – WHO participated in the first Girl Summit in London. Organized by the UK Government, and co-hosted by UNICEF, the summit aimed to mobilize domestic and international efforts to end FGM and child, early and forced marriage within a generation. The summit invited dialogue and commitments from partner agencies, the private sector, religious organizations, civil society, and governments around 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.

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30 Sept. to 3 Oct. 2014, Cape Town, South Africa