Sexual and reproductive health

About HRP


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HRP’s vision is the attainment of all people of the highest possible level of sexual and reproductive health. It strives for a world where all women’s and men’s rights to enjoy sexual and reproductive health are promoted and protected, and all women and men, including adolescents and those who are underserved and marginalized, have access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.

Leading research in sexual and reproductive health and rights

HRP (the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction) is the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction, bringing together policy-makers, scientists, health care providers, clinicians, consumers and community representatives to identify and address priorities for research to improve sexual and reproductive health.

HRP is based at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It supports and coordinates research on a global scale, synthesizes research through systematic reviews of literature, builds research capacity in low-income countries and develops dissemination tools to make efficient use of ever-increasing research information.

Current HRP projects

List of projects around the world that are currently being supported or coordinated by HRP, by thematic area

Governance of HRP

HRP governance is structured on the basis of cosponsorship by UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and The World Bank. Link to governance page


Permanent Members of HRP include the cosponsors, namely UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank, as well as the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and UNAIDS


2017 HRP Donors

The HRP Alliance for Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS)

The HRP Alliance for RCS is an initiative that brings together institutions conducting research in sexual and reproductive health and rights in collaboration with WHO regional and country offices. An integral component of HRP, the HRP Alliance fulfils a mandate of supporting research capacity strengthening in low- and lower-middle income countries.

Making space for women to speak - HRP policy

HRP has a policy of not participating in male-only panels. Such panels carry a harmful message and communicate a false claim that women are less worth listening to, less fit for leadership, less knowledgeable, and less able to speak.