Sexual and reproductive health

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Countries need to do what works to improve contraceptive access, provision and choice for women and girls

11 July 2017 | Women and girls have a human right to choose whether and when to become pregnant. When they do not have access to high quality contraceptive and fertility care services and information to help them plan their families, their health and well-being can suffer.

Continuous support during childbirth may improve health outcomes for women and infants

11 July 2017 | More women are now giving birth in health facilities, but poor quality of care can put their lives and well-being – and that of their infants – at risk. It is therefore crucial to ensure that women and their newborn infants are provided with respectful, high quality care throughout pregnancy and childbirth. One potential way to improve quality of care during childbirth in health facilities may be for women to be continuously supported by another person throughout labour.

Scientists warn that antibiotic-resistant gonorrhoea is on the rise

07 July 2017 | Every day, more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections are acquired worldwide, and each year an estimated 78 million people are infected with gonorrhoea (1). New data from 77 countries show that antibiotic resistance is making gonorrhoea much harder – and sometimes impossible – to treat.

Increasing transparency of abortion laws and policies: launch of a new online database

23 June 2017 | WHO and the Population Division of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs have launched a new, open-access database of laws, policies and health standards on abortion in countries worldwide. The database aims to promote greater transparency of abortion laws and policies, as well as to improve countries’ accountability for the protection of women and girls’ health and human rights.

Improving access to health products for people co-infected with HIV and HPV: Unitaid board passes resolution

8 june 2017 | In recognition of the need to address some of the leading cause of death among people living with HIV in low- and middle-income countries, the board of Unitaid has passed a resolution to support improved access to health products for people with advanced HIV disease, those co-infected with HIV and hepatitis, as well as, people co-infected with HIV and HPV. This resolution presents an important step forward in ensuring the prevention and control of cervical cancer.


Request for Proposals (RFP)

Request for proposals for case studies Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Humanitarian Crises

Through this call, WHO is requesting interested individuals, as well as international and national organizations, civil society networks, NGOs, Ministries of Health, and other entities which manage or implement policies, programmes and interventions on SRHR in humanitarian settings, to submit proposals to develop case studies that demonstrate successful approaches to service delivery and uptake.

Call for research papers

PLOS Medicine announces a Call for research papers, on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections

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

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Journal of the International AIDS Society

Supplement: Achieving pregnancy safely by HIV-serodisdordant couples

Technical publications

Family Planning Evidence Briefs




Upcoming events

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World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis

12 September 2017 - Free online Congress
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    The World Health Organization and the Global Sepsis Alliance will host the 'World Sepsis Congress Spotlight: Maternal and Neonatal Sepsis' - A free online congress shining a spotlight on this neglected aspect of sepsis.

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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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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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