Sexual and reproductive health

Underuse of modern methods of contraception: underlying causes and consequent undesired pregnancies in 35 low- and middle-income countries

A doctor explains contraceptives to a young girl, Mongolia.
UNFPA/Andrew Cullen

Fifteen million out of 16.7 million undesired pregnancies occurring annually in 35 countries could have been prevented with the optimal use of modern methods of contraception. A new WHO study, published in ‘Human Reproduction’ looks at the underuse of modern methods of contraception in 35 low-and middle-income countries. The study looks at the reasons behind the numbers and aims to identify actions to improve utilization of effective contraceptive methods.

WHO releases revised recommendations for hormonal contraceptive use for women at high risk of HIV and women living with HIV

Mothers with children waiting outside a general clinic in Lesotho to receive ARV treatment

24 July 2014 – During the AIDS 2014 conference in Melbourne, the World Health Organization announced that following a review of existing epidemiological evidence, including new studies published since 2012, no changes to the Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use (MEC) recommendations for initiating or continuing hormonal contraceptives among women at high risk of HIV or living with HIV were warranted. Also, the revised guideline adds recommendations across classes of antiretroviral medications and the individual medications themselves.

Ensuring human rights in the provision of contraceptive information and services

In order to accelerate progress towards attainment of international development goals and targets in sexual and reproductive health, and in particular to contribute to meeting unmet need for contraceptive information and services, WHO has published guidance for policy-makers, programme managers providers and other stakeholders in the health sector on how to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled, while services are scaled up to reduce unmet need for contraception

Family planning

Publications and journal articles

Guidelines, research, policy and programmatic briefs, evidence

Online curriculum components and tools to deliver family planning training

The tools can be used by facilitators and curriculum developers to design, implement and evaluate high-quality training and education in FP/RH. The development has been by led by WHO, UNFPA, USAID and other partners and agencies.

  • TRP site
    Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP)