Sexual and reproductive health

WHO updates recommendations for contraceptive eligibility for women at high risk of HIV

A midwife providing a woman with family planning counseling, and options at a health center, Senegal
Jonathan Torgovnik

29 August 2019 ¦ WHO has changed its recommendations for progestogen-only injectables and intrauterine devices (IUDs) for women at high risk of HIV from a Category 2 to a Category 1. Additional clarifications are provided for the IUD recommendation.

New study finds no link between HIV infection and contraceptive methods

Community health worker during a home visit, providing family planning services and options to women in the community.
Jonathan Torgovnik

13 June 2019 ¦ A large clinical research study conducted in four African countries found no significant difference in risk of HIV infection among women using one of three highly effective, reversible contraceptive methods. Published today in the Lancet, the study showed that each method had high levels of safety and effectiveness in preventing pregnancy, with all methods well-accepted by the women using them.

Delivering contraceptive services in humanitarian settings

Woman walks out of her temporary shelter, Kathmandu, Nepal
UNICEF/Mathema
Woman walks out of her temporary shelter, Kathmandu, Nepal

7 December 2018 ¦ WHO has launched a new tool intended for front-line health care providers to help women initiate contraception in humanitarian and emergency settings. The tool provides guidance regarding “who” can use contraceptive methods and “how” to use these methods safely and effectively. It also includes a checklist for users on how to be reasonably certain that a woman is not pregnant, as well as a clear graphic that compares the effectiveness of different contraceptive methods.

New App for WHO’s Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

12 November 2018 ¦ WHO has launched an App for its Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use. This digital tool will facilitate the task of family planning providers in recommending safe, effective and acceptable contraception methods for women with medical conditions or medically-relevant characteristics.

WHO @ the International Conference on Family Planning

The 5th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) from 12-15 October 2018 will convene some 3700 high-level policy-makers, scientists, researchers, programme managers, civic leaders, youth, and diverse organisations from over 120 countries around the world to share their best research and practices and to use their knowledge to expand access to family planning services.

WHO and HRP staff will be presenting over 50 pre-congress and conference sessions. If you are in Kigali, please join us or visit the Cyberstation to see our latest interactive tools include the new app for medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use

Postpartum family planning: essential for ensuring health of women and their babies

26 September 2018: On this year’s World Contraception Day, WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research and HRP are shining a spotlight on the importance of ensuring the provision of a choice of high-quality postpartum contraceptive methods – to prevent unintended pregnancies through the first 12 months following childbirth – to women and their partners.

Updated and expanded guidance for family planning providers worldwide

Woman receiving family planning counselling, Senegal.
Jonathan Torgovnik

13 February 2018: Crucial to the success of family planning efforts worldwide is a well-educated and trained health workforce, and for whom, this new edition of Family Planning: A Global Handbook for Providers, commonly known as the FP Global Handbook has been published today.

Countries need to do what works to improve contraceptive access, provision and choice for women and girls

Image of three adolescent girls jumping and smilling in a park, Russia.
WHO /Sergey Volkov

11 July 2017 | Women and girls have a human right to choose whether and when to become pregnant. When they do not have access to high quality contraceptive and fertility care services and information to help them plan their families, their health and well-being can suffer.

Fact sheet

214 million women of reproductive age in developing regions who want to avoid pregnancy are not using a modern contraceptive method.

Emergency contraception

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.

- Training Resource Package for Family Planning (TRP)

Infographics

Partnership

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  • Implementing best practices (IBP)
    The IBP Consortium is composed of 45 partner organizations and is dedicated to strengthening the capacity of the family planning/reproductive health community to identify, implement, and scale-up effective practices through sharing knowledge and resources.

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