Sexual and reproductive health

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Women and girls continue to be at risk of unsafe abortion

28 September 2017 | According to a new study published in The Lancet, by authors from the WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research, including HRP, and the Guttmacher Institute, an estimated 25 million (or 45%), of all abortions that occurred every year worldwide between 2010 to 2014 were unsafe.

Gender inequality in early adolescence must be addressed for health and well-being throughout life

20 September 2017 | When children move into early adolescence, they begin to take on new gender roles associated with femininity and masculinity, often reinforcing socially and culturally conventional gender norms related with being women or men. These gender roles have an impact upon the decisions that young people in early adolescence make, and therefore upon their health and well-being. They have an impact on the choices young adolescents make in relation to sexual and inter-personal relationships, which can have an effect on their health and well-being throughout the rest of their lives.

New programme reporting standards for sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes

14 September 2017 | Reporting on health programmes often covers what was done and not how it was done and in what context. This information is key to understanding impact and can facilitate successful replication and scale-up. To address this, WHO is launching new standards for reporting on sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health programmes at this year’s Global Evidence Summit in Cape Town, South Africa.

WHO and HRP celebrate World Sexual Health Day

4 September 2017 | Sexual health is fundamental to all people’s health and happiness. When we can enjoy good sexual health, it has a positive impact on many aspects of our lives including our reproductive health and well-being. This in turn has a positive impact on our societies and countries. On the occasion of World Sexual Health Day 2017, WHO and HRP are launching a new WHO framework for operationalizing sexual health and its linkages to reproductive health. This new model highlights the many areas where people’s sexual health must be safeguarded throughout the course of their lives – as well as the way in which sexual health and reproductive health are at once distinct and inextricably linked.



Consultancy Assignment: Masculinity and the engagement of men in sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Consultancy Assignment: Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Emergencies

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

Journal of Adolescent Health

Supplement: The Global Early Adolescent Study: An Exploration of the Factors that Shape Adolescence

Technical publications

Family Planning Evidence Briefs






Upcoming events

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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

All RHR/HRP publications


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Strengthening the health system response to violence against women


TEDx Talks

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

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