Sexual and reproductive health

Controlling sexually transmitted and reproductive tract infections

Evidence-based guidance

Guidelines on care

In support of national programmes, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) develops and promotes guidelines and tools for the control, prevention and management of STIs and RTIs in various settings and among different populations. They reflect a comprehensive view of STI and RTI prevention and control which goes beyond clinical management to address population-level factors affecting sexual and reproductive health.

Sexually transmitted and other reproductive tract infections - A guide to essential practice

Sexually transmitted and other reproductive tract infections: a guide for essential practice

This guide is intended to be a reference manual and a resource to educate and remind health-care workers of the need to consider sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and reproductive tract infections (RTIs) in providing other sexual and reproductive health services. It recommends prevention and care practices for patients who have or may be at risk of acquiring an RTI. As such, it could be used for pre-service or in-service education and training, as a source of up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations, and as a self-education tool for health-care providers on the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of RTIs. Programme managers can use it as a starting-point for improving policies, programmes and training on the prevention and management of STI/RTI, adapting the information and recommendations as needed to local conditions.


Comprehensive cervical cancer control: a guide for essential practice

This guide focuses on the knowledge and skills needed by health-care providers at different levels of care to offer quality services for prevention, screening, treatment and palliation of cervical cancer. It presents up-to-date, evidence-based recommendations covering the full continuum of care. The four levels of care referred to throughout the guide are: the community; the health centre or primary care level; the district hospital or secondary care level; and the central or referral hospital or tertiary care level. The guide does not cover programme management, resource mobilization, or the political, legal and policy-related activities associated with cervical cancer control.


Training modules for the syndromic management of sexually transmitted infections. Second edition

This training course, which was updated in 2007, is intended for in-service training of people responsible for STI management at any first-level health facility, such as a health centre, district hospital, mission hospital or STI clinic. The training programme, comprising seven modules plus a trainers’guide aims to equip all relevant clinicians and service providers with the skills needed to manage STIs using the syndromic management approach.


Guidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infections

This publication provides treatment recommendations for comprehensive management of patients with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the broader context of control, prevention and care programmes for STIs and HIV. It covers both the syndromic approach to the management of patients with STI symptoms, and the treatment of specific STIs. It also provides information on the notification and management of sexual partners and on STIs in children.


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