Reproductive health and research

A smiling mother with two childrenEvery mother and child countsThe concept of "reproductive health", as an essential component of public health, has been receiving increasing attention and has now been adopted in almost all countries of the Eastern Mediterranean Region. Research, surveillance and data use for evidence-based decision-making and advocacy are strategic priorities for reproductive health and research programme development at regional and country levels.

Due to the high rates of maternal and neonatal death in some countries, specific focus has been given to the Making Pregnancy Safer programme. Other priority areas include:

  • reproductive tract infections
  • sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS
  • reproductive health in adolescence and post-menopause
  • reproductive system cancers
  • practices harmful to reproductive health
  • premarital and genetic counselling
  • neonatal screening for inherited disorders.


A meeting on preconception care in the Eastern Mediterranean Region was held in Muscat, Oman, from 25 to 27 March 2015. The meeting was organized by the WHO Regional Office...

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30 May 2012 – The WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean is planning a second intercountry training workshop on reproductive health counselling in June 2012. The purpose of the workshop is...

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4 October 2010 – Reproductive health surveillance, data collection, analysis and reporting are still inadequate and ineffective in many countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. In response, the WHO...

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In focus

Estimates developed by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, the World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division, as well as the UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation, indicate that almost...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean held a regional meeting for engaging countries and strengthening partnerships towards better maternal and child health in Amman, Jordan,...

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A training workshop on strengthening family planning services through evidence-based guidelines and best practices was organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, in Tunis,...

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