Sexual and reproductive health


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The development of global guidelines ensuring the appropriate use of evidence represents one of the core functions of WHO. Recommendations that can impact upon health policies or clinical interventions are considered guidelines for WHO purposes.

Guideline implementation

UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities

The UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women and Children aims to increase access to thirteen life-saving medicines and health supplies for the world’s most vulnerable people. As part of the Every Woman, Every Child movement to meet the health-related Millennium Development Goals, the Commission is championing efforts to reduce barriers that block access to essential health commodities. The WHO HRP/RHR Department is involved in a number of UN Commission activities, including a knowledge translation research project on how the implementation of WHO guidelines relating to the use of the maternal health commodities (oxytocin, misoprostol and magnesium sulfate) can be improved.