Highlights of 2012
Department of Reproductive Health and Research including UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
Through its work in research, research capacity strengthening and programme development, WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), including the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP), contributes to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in particular the targets for achieving universal access to reproductive health by 2015.
As reflected in the chapters of this summary report, the Department has been active in all major areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights as defined in the WHO Global Reproductive Health Strategy to accelerate progress towards the attainment of international development goals and targets (adopted by the 57th World Health Assembly in 2004). This includes work on the following:
- quality of and access to family planning
- improving maternal and perinatal health
- prevention of unsafe abortion
- adolescent sexual and reproductive health
- control of sexually transmitted and reproductive tract infections
- gender and reproductive rights.
In all of these areas, the Department has teams that have worked to generate and synthesize research evidence and to develop norms and standards. The Department has also collaborated with countries to strengthen their research and technical capacity.