Sexual and reproductive health

What's new?

New toolkit to strengthen the medico-legal response to sexual violence

25 November 2015: Although anyone can be a victim of violence, including children and women and men of all ages, figures indicate that one in three women globally have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by someone other than a partner in their lifetime. Situations of conflict, post conflict and displacement may exacerbate existing forms of violence and present additional forms of violence against women.

Substantial number of genital herpes infections caused by herpes simplex virus type 1

28th October 2015: Approximately two-thirds of the population under age 50 are infected with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1), which commonly causes orolabial herpes (‘cold sores’) and which can also cause genital herpes. In the first WHO global and regional estimates of the burden of HSV-1 infection ever published, the authors state that around 3.7 billion people under age 50 are infected with the virus.

WHO issues statements on use of reversible hormonal contraception

21 October 2015: WHO has issued two statements which address concerns about the use of two different hormonal contraceptives: Progestogen-only implants and depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA).

WHO Director General makes historic address to 133rd Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly

19th October 2015: For the first time, WHO Director General Dr Margaret Chan will address the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) at the 133rd IPU Assembly, in Geneva, Switzerland. This historic moment builds on the existing collaboration between WHO and IPU to improve the health of populations worldwide, and follows the recent launch of the Sustainable Development Goals and the new Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

Ebola contact tracing team at work in a quarantined village, Sierra Leone.

Persistent virus in people recovering from Ebola virus disease:

14 October 2015: A growing volume of data from careful clinical observation and testing of people who have recovered from acute Ebola virus disease indicates that the Ebola virus can persist at various sites in the body for many months in some people. A preliminary study on Ebola virus persistence in the semen of male survivors in Sierra Leone, has found that some men still produce semen that test positive.


Job opportunity

  • Consultant
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    RHR seeks an experienced Consultant who will work on a project to strengthen mechanisms for policy and health systems response to reduce unmet need for contraceptives. Application deadline: 11 November 2015

Call for RHL Contributors

Available in multiple languages, WHO’s Reproductive Health Library (RHL) is visited over 200,000 times a month by reproductive health providers worldwide. The WHO Reproductive Health Library includes high-quality summaries of systematic reviews relevant to reproductive health providers, WHO recommendations on reproductive health practice, and how-to videos of key reproductive health procedures.

We are currently looking for volunteers to join us as RHL contributors, from colleagues who:

  • Have experience in reproductive health practice and/or research
  • Are interested in opportunities for international collaboration and knowledge translation
  • Are keen to work with WHO on improving the quality of reproductive health care worldwide
  • Have good writing and scientific skills

All expressions of interest can be sent to

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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Prevention and elimination of disrespect and abuse during childbirth - WHO Statement


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International Conference on Family Planning

January 25-28 2016, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

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