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Leading the realization of human rights to health and through health

22 May 2017 | Geneva. At a high-level side event, the Report of the High-Level Working Group on the Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was officially handed over to WHO’s Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan. The High-Level Working Group on Health and Human Rights of Women, Children and Adolescents was established in May 2016 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to secure political support, both nationally and internationally, for the implementation of the human rights-related measures required by the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030).

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at WHO’s 70th World Health Assembly

22 May 2017 – The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body for WHO and meets annually in Geneva. This year’s meeting will take place from 22-31 May 2017, and will be attended by delegations from all its Member States. Attended by delegations from all Member States, the Health Assembly determines organizational policies and approves the proposed programme budget. This year Member States will elect a new Director-General on 23 May.

A world on the move: challenges to sexual and reproductive health and rights

4-5 May 2017 | Rome, Italy. Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General, and Ian Askew, Director of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research represented WHO at an international parliamentarians’ conference to highlight the crucial importance of promoting and protecting the sexual and reproductive health needs and human rights of girls and women who are displaced.

Integrating fertility care and HIV treatment and prevention: how couples affected by HIV can achieve pregnancy safely

8 March 2017– By the end of 2015 there were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV globally, up to half of whom have HIV-negative partners. HIV-serodiscordant couples – that is, people living with HIV who have HIV-negative partners – who would like to have children, are often inadequately supported by or face significant barriers to accessing existing sexual and reproductive health services. Fertility screening and HIV treatment and prevention – to minimise HIV infection, whilst working towards achieving pregnancy safely – are crucial for all serodiscordant couples, regardless of whether or not they have fertility problems.

Can women who are at high risk of acquiring HIV, safely use hormonal contraception?

Since 1991, there has been mixed evidence as to whether using hormonal contraceptive methods increases a woman’s risk of acquiring HIV. To answer this question the World Health Organization (WHO) has continuously monitored the available evidence. In 2016, WHO commissioned an update of a 2014 systematic review of evidence to include new studies.

The updated evidence was examined in December 2016 at a consultation that included a wide range of stakeholders including global representation from clinicians with expertise in contraception and HIV, as well as representatives from affected populations, researchers and academics, epidemiologists, programme managers, policy-makers and guideline methodologists.


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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Journal of the International AIDS Society

Supplement: Achieving pregnancy safely by HIV-serodisdordant couples

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31st ICM Triennal Congress

18-22 June 2017: Toronto, Canada

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17th Annual IAWG Meeting

8-10 November 2017: Athens, Greece

Improving quality, access, and use of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings from initial response through sustainable recovery

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

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