Sexual and Reproductive Health


The Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Programme supports Member States to develop, implement and evaluate effective policies and strategies related to sexual and reproductive health leading to the improvement of sexual and reproductive health outcomes throughout the life cycle.

WHO and partners step up action to improve access to and uptake of family planning services in four African countries

The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO AFRO) today concluded a three-day orientation and planning workshop in Brazzaville, Congo for the implementation of “Africa: Strategic Technical Engagement with Evidence for Results (Af-STEER): A regional platform to strengthen FP programmes’ performance in African countries”.

This is a project to be implemented with a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF).  The project will contribute to addressing the high unmet need for contraception and improve the quality of family planning services with a focus on adolescent girls and women in the postpartum and post abortion periods in four countries: Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and Uganda.



Cervical cancer common amongst African women

Cervical cancer common amongst African women

Cervical cancer is caused by the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), which is the most common viral infection of the reproductive tract. It affects younger age groups as a result of early sexual activity, multiple sexual partners, and exposure to other sexually transmitted infections such as HIV.

There are more than 100 types of HPV, of which at least 13 are cancer-causing. Two types of HPV cause 70% of all cervical cancer. Most sexually active men and women will be infected at some point in their lives with HPV – some may be repeatedly infected.


Regional consultation on universal access to Sexual and Reproductive Health: progress since 1994 ICPD, lessons learnt and plans for acceleration
Brazzaville, Congo, 8-10 July, 2014

WHO convened a three day meeting of countries and partners on achievement of universal access to sexual and reproductive Health (SRH) since the call made by the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in 1994, involving 179 countries.  It defined critical actions for advancing sexual and reproductive health beyond 2014. The meeting took place on 8-10 July 2014, at the WHO Regional Office for Africa, Brazzaville, Congo.