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.

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Preventing alcohol exposure in pregnancy: examples from Member States

International research shows that, in some countries, up to 82% of pregnant women continue to drink alcohol, despite the fact that there is no known safe limit for drinking during pregnancy. A new WHO/Europe publication shares case studies from countries on raising awareness and providing advice, as well as treatment options for alcohol exposure in pregnancy.

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

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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.

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Multimedia

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.

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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.

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