Sexual and reproductive health

Sexual and reproductive health is very personal, so people may have trouble finding or asking for accurate information about it. This may also help explain why these issues are still not addressed openly, and services are inadequate, fragmented and unfriendly in some countries in the European Region. Complications of pregnancy and childbirth, unsafe abortions, reproductive tract infections, sexual violence and women dying from avoidable cancer are just a few of the problems in this area. WHO/Europe assists countries to evaluate their situations and to choose the optimal way to improve them.

Read more

Top story

Stakeholders in Azerbaijan discuss the strategy for reproductive health (2017–2025)

Since June 2016, at the request of the Government of Azerbaijan, the WHO Regional Office for Europe has assisted reproductive health experts in the country with analysing the results of implementation of the National Strategy on Reproductive Health of the Republic of Azerbaijan (2008–2015), identifying achievements and remaining gaps and developing a new strategy and action plan.

New European action plan

New European action plan for sexual and reproductive health and rights in the WHO European Region 2017–2021

The action plan will reflect the objectives of the European policy framework for health and well-being, Health 2020, and related strategic documents, and will be submitted for adoption at the 66th session of the Regional Committee

Read more


Entre Nous No 85, 2016

From sexual and reproductive ill-health to choices and well-being

In countries

Progress in reproductive health in the Republic of Moldova

The Republic of Moldova has a national reproductive health strategy (2005–2015) and aims to make further progress with its implementation. This country has done much work in recent years on reproductive health.

More country work


Video: The six things I'd advise my teenage daughter on her sexual health

Data and statistics

Facts and figures about abortion in the European Region

Unsafe abortion kills. Much has been done to improve abortion services in the Region, but up to 30% of maternal deaths are still caused by unsafe abortion in some countries of eastern Europe and central Asia.

More facts

Key resources

WHO/Europe’s key strategic policy tool is the WHO European regional strategy on sexual and reproductive health, developed in 2001 in close collaboration with health ministries and other partners. Countries can use it as guidance in developing and reforming their reproductive health services in the health system.

Read more