Sexual and reproductive health

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XXI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics

4-9 October 2015: WHO and HRP staff will be participating actively with many contributions to the scientific programme at this year’s congress, which brings together around 8000 attendees. A notable highlight of the Congress was Dr Marleen Temmerman’s speech at the opening President’s Session.

Preventing and treating infections around the time of childbirth

2 October 2015: Bacterial infections around the time of childbirth (peripartum infections) account for about one tenth of maternal deaths globally. WHO has launched a new guidance to help health professionals and policy makers reduce the global burden of maternal infections and their complications around the time of childbirth.

Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people

29 September 2015- Recognising that violence and discrimination present a significant barrier to health and health services, including for HIV and other STIs, this joint inter-agency statement calls on governments, parliaments, judiciaries, national human rights institutions, community, religious, political leaders, workers’ organizations, the private sector, health providers, civil society organizations and the media to stand up to discrimination in all its forms, in line with the mandate of the UN. The statement calls for specific measures to be taken to protect individuals against discrimination and violence and for an end to discriminatory laws in line with international human rights standards.

Launch of mHealth toolkit to help innovators scale up projects for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

24 September 2015: WASHINGTON DC, USA. A new toolkit has been launched to help mHealth (mobile health) implementers to successfully and sustainably scale-up their innovations. Going beyond other resources on the subject, the MAPS toolkit provides crucial advice that is understandable and immediately useful.


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.


Journal articles


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


Upcoming events

International Conference on Family Planning 2015

November 9-12 2015, Nusa Dua, Indonesia

The International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) brings the family planning community together to share best practices, celebrate successes, and chart a course forward.

All RHR/HRP publications


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TEDx Talks

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

RHL on iPad

Available for iPad, the RHL app allows you to access the entire library offline

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