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Turning Words Into Action – 132nd Inter-parliamentary Union Assembly

Photo of Dr Temmerman at IPU 32 in Hanoi Viet Nam 2015

During the General Debate on The Sustainable Development Goals: Turning words into action, Marleen Temmerman, Director of WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research including HRP, addressed a speech to the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union, which is taking place in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 28 March to 1 April. The speech highlighted the fact that whilst progress has been made since 1990, much more needs to be done, stating that “we still count 800 maternal deaths every day, with large inequities between and within countries”.

Launch of online survey on Global Health Sector Strategies for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, and STIs

From 26 March 2015, individuals and/or organizations are invited to take part in an online survey to help inform three WHO global health sector strategies for HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). As the world looks to 2030, and prepares to meet the challenges of an ambitious set of Sustainable Development Goals, the World Health Organization is developing the three related global health sector strategies to cover 2016-2021 to be finalized for consideration by the 69th World Health Assembly in May 2016. While the draft strategies for HIV and STIs build on previous strategies this will be the first ever global health sector strategy for viral hepatitis.

Strategies toward ending preventable maternal mortality (EPMM)

mothers holding their babies

Maternal health, wellbeing and survival must remain a central goal and an investment priority in the post-2015 framework for sustainable development to ensure that progress continues and accelerates, with a focus on reducing inequities and discrimination. Attention to maternal mortality and morbidity must be accompanied by improvements along the continuum of care for women and children, including commitments to sexual and reproductive health and newborn and child survival.

New approaches for preventing unsafe abortion

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A HRP-led Supplement to the journal Reproductive Health Matters published in February 2015, shares new approaches to help expand access to medical abortion – the use of drugs such as mifepristone and misoprostol to terminate an established pregnancy – to help prevent unnecessary mortality and complications caused by unsafe abortion and obsolete surgical procedures. The majority of the studies included within the Supplement came from a five-year research initiative that was supported by HRP and funded by an anonymous donor, with the aim of expanding access to health services and appropriate information to help prevent unsafe abortion.


Career opportunities

Maternal Fetal Medicine global health fellowships

Applications are invited for the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine global health fellowships. HRP is pleased to work with colleagues and fellows from Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine on key global maternal and perinatal health priorities. The fellowships are named after Dr John Queenan who is well-known the field of perinatology and obstetrics with his pioneering work in Rhesus disease management and prevention, academic research in ultrasound and fetal physiology. Dr Queenan is the author of almost 200 scientific papers and textbooks, and he has mentored many obstetrician gynecologists as well as maternal fetal medicine subspecialists. Applications should be sent by May 15 2015. For more information please consult the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine website, and see the following documents.

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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1st ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) Good Practices Forum in Health

Theme of Forum: Ending Preventable Mother and Child Deaths in West Africa - What works in Reproductive Health and Family Planning

The West African Health Organization, in collaboration with Member States and partners, are in the process of organizing the 1st ECOWAS Good Practices Forum in Health (FBPS) that will be held on 29-31 July 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The forum will bring together senior officials from ministries of health, regional health experts, researchers and managers of training and research institutions, major local, regional and international NGOs, managers of private companies involved in the health sector, as well as partners in the region and elsewhere.

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