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Engaging with communities is crucial for improving quality of care during childbirth

15 December 2017 | High-quality care for women giving birth in health facilities is crucial for safeguarding their health and well-being. Health care that is based on good quality scientific evidence goes a long way in helping to ensure such high-quality care – but it does not go far enough. The authors of a special supplement highlight how from the perspectives of individuals, their families and communities, high-quality care is that which is delivered with respect, with skill, and in accordance with their needs and preferences.

More women worldwide receive early antenatal care, but great inequalities remain

5 December 2017 | WHO recommends that women start antenatal care at a gestational age of less than 12 weeks – this is referred to as ‘early antenatal care’. Early antenatal care is a critical opportunity for health providers to deliver care and support, and to give information, to pregnant women in the first trimester of pregnancy. Despite this, a recent study shows that many of the poorest women still do not have equal access to the high-quality early antenatal care that can help to ensure their health and well-being.

1 December 2017 | Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis today received a certificate from the World Health Organization (WHO) that validates their elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.


WHO launches new manual to strengthen health systems to better respond to women survivors of violence

24 November 2017 | Health care providers have an important role to play in identifying women who experience violence, and responding to them with empathy. In order for health care providers to be able to respond appropriately, health systems need to be strengthened so that women receive high-quality and respectful care. In recognition of this, WHO has launched a new manual to help health managers and policy-makers to strengthen health systems to deliver better quality of care to women who are subjected to violence.



Maternal Health Researcch Consultant
Programme Manager : Delivering Integrated Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Services In Emergencies Through The Health Cluster
SRHR/HIV Linkages Consultant

Call for information – maternal and newborn health indicators

The Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR) technical group, established in 2016, acts as an advisory body to the World Health Organization on matters of measurement, metrics and monitoring of maternal and newborn health for the Departments of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (MCA) and Reproductive Health and Research (RHR).

The MoNITOR group is mapping current research for developing and testing maternal and newborn indicators, including validation work. The aim of this mapping is to gain a more thorough understanding of the landscape of maternal and newborn indicator development and testing at global, regional, national and sub-national levels.

We are writing to you to seek information on current research or projects that develop or test maternal and newborn health indicators.

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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Why we shouldn’t shy away from sexual education
Dr V. Chandra-Mouli, WHO/HRP

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