Sexual and reproductive health

Historical walk: the HRP special programme and infertility


Sheryl Ziemin van der Poel, World Health Organization

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Number of pages: 10
Publication date: Nov. 2012 - Gynecol Obstet Invest 2012;74:218-227
Languages: English


In the 1970s, HRP* supported research on human and nonhuman primate models to address the basic biology of reproduction. Importantly, however, it was the multicountry clinical research studies sponsored by HRP during the 1970s and 1980s which led to the identification of not only the large burden of disease but also global patterns of causation of infertility.

The next decade saw the development of WHO guidelines and manuals for diagnosis, management, and treatment of infertile women and men, with HRP-sponsored operations research focused on adaptation within primary health care settings. Consensus consultations held during 2001 through 2011 resulted in recommendations to stakeholders, as well as the identification of barriers and inequities in access to infertility care services.

* The UNDP/UNICEF/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction has been widely known for many years by the abbreviation, (HRP)