Sexual and reproductive health

Contributing to sexual and reproductive health throughout the world

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HRP is the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction, bringing together policy-makers, scientists, health care providers, clinicians, consumers and community representatives to identify and address priorities for research to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Over 40 years of innovation

Over the years, HRP has contributed in many ways to advancing sexual and reproductive health. This shares highlights of some of the landmark achievements. It is dedicated to all those who have contributed their time and effort to the work of HRP.

About HRP

Vision

HRP’s vision is the attainment of all peoples of the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. It strives for a world where all women’s and men’s rights to enjoy sexual and reproductive health are promoted and protected, and all women and men, including adolescents and those who are underserved and marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

HRP is a global leader in reproductive health research

HRP supports and coordinates research on a global scale, synthesizes research through systematic reviews of literature, builds research capacity in low-income countries and develops dissemination tools to make efficient use of ever-increasing research information.

Highlights of 2013

Through its work in research, research capacity strengthening and programme development, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), including HRP*, contributes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular the targets for achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.