Sexual and reproductive health

WHO’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use: Highly commended at BMA Book Awards

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September 2016: At an award ceremony hosted by the British Medical Association in London, WHO’s Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. 5th edition was highly commended in the category for Obstetrics and gynaecology. The review of the book described it as an “important step in a process for improving access to quality of care in family planning”.

The fourth edition of the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use won the category in 2011. Dr Mary Lyn Gaffield who led the development of the fifth edition is “delighted that the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use continues to be considered as a useful tool in helping women get access to safe and acceptable methods of contraception”. WHO has also developed a number of tools that help providers apply the recommendations in a clinical setting.

The WHO Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use, 5th edition, continues the series of periodic updates of guidance on the safety of various contraceptive methods for use in the context of specific health conditions and characteristics. The recommendations are based on the latest clinical and epidemiological data. The intended audience for this publication includes policy makers, family planning programme managers and the scientific community. It aims to provide guidance to national family planning/reproductive health programmes in the preparation of guidelines for service delivery of contraceptives and to provide policy-makers, decision-makers, and the scientific community with a set of recommendations that can be used for developing or revising national guidelines on medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use.