Sexual and reproductive health

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Promoting and protecting the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people

There is growing recognition of the importance of addressing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young people. According to a WHO-led Special Supplement in the Journal of Adolescent Health – published online on 18 December 2014 – which marks the twentieth anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development, efforts must be intensified to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health needs of adolescents (10-19 years) and young people (10-24 years) are met and their rights fulfilled.

New guidance for the prevention and control of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is one of the world’s deadliest – but most easily preventable – forms of cancer for women, responsible for more than 270 000 deaths annually, 85% of which occur in developing countries. The new guidance being at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in Melbourne, Australia on 3 December 2014 could mean the difference between life and death for girls and women worldwide.

Saving mothers and newborn lives in the face of the devastating Ebola outbreak

UNICEF, WHO and Save the Children have developed this guide to provide essential information on what needs to be done differently to save mothers and newborn lives in the face of this devastating outbreak, with a special focus on the time of labour, delivery and the first week of life. The recommendations are also intended to minimize the exposure of health care providers to blood and bodily fluids that could transmit Ebola.


Knowledge Synthesis Seed Grants

To support knowledge syntheses including systematic reviews and scoping reviews that are relevant to maternal and infant health in low and middle income countries

This seed grant opportunity is offered through the GREAT Network (Guideline-driven, Research priorities, Evidence synthesis, Application of evidence, and Transfer of knowledge). The GREAT Network is an umbrella organization that provides guidance, technical assistance, and support to local stakeholders of the healthcare system who are focused on enhancing maternal and perinatal health through implementation of relevant evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in low and middle income countries (LMICs).

Competitive Intra-regional Grant (CIR)

Improving quality of care in sexual and reproductive health

Global efforts over the past decade have been directed at increasing skilled birth attendance. These efforts have been rewarded with trends towards higher rates of health facility deliveries in all regions. With increasing utilization of services, an increasing proportion of avoidable maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality is occurring in facilities. In this context, the quality of care in facilities becomes a paramount roadblock to preventing poor maternal and newborn outcomes. The call aims to encourage research projects focusing on improving quality of care for the prioritized local and/or regional sexual and reproductive health issues. The research projects might include, but not limited to, systematic reviews, observational studies or implementation research.

Call for intention of interest:

The HRP Special Programme submits its research projects for consideration, comment, guidance and approval to an established advisory body of international experts to assess each project’s scientific design, as well as technical and financial/budgetary aspects. HRP research projects cover all topic areas of sexual and reproductive health and includes projects that involve human participants, involve biological material obtained from human participants, obtain information from human participants, access records on human participants or involve experiments in animals. The type of research under consideration is not restricted and includes: basic, biomedical, epidemiological, social science, as well as operations, implementation, health systems and programme development research. If you are currently, or have recently served on a research proposal/protocol review body technically assessing projects in sexual and reproductive health, and you are interested in being considered as a member of the HRP Research Project Review Panel, please submit your interest via e-mail to ( with your e-mail subject line reading “HRP Research Project Review Panel”. Please include a recent consolidated C.V, including a publication list as appropriate.

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