Excellent example of collaboration in the field of contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, abortion and reproductive health

Dan Apter

The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) held its second educational workshop in the field of contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, abortion and reproductive health on 5–8 November 2010 in Budapest, Hungary.
 
The aim of the ESC workshop was to improve the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the participants and to focus on practical training in counselling and working with clients. One of the expected outcomes is that after the workshop, participants will continue to spread the obtained knowledge in their own countries.
 
Twenty eight participants from 14 countries in central and Eastern Europe attended the workshop which included a mixture of lectures and group work.
 
WHO Regional Office for Europe and ESC have collaborated closely since 2007 and this collaboration has resulted in joint activities in implementing WHO Global and European Regional Reproductive Health strategies. The workshop in Budapest was one of such events where WHO guidelines in reproductive health, especially “Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive use” and “Selected practice recommendations for contraceptive use” were presented and hands-on training carried out by WHO staff.
 
An ESC Seminar on “Clinical aspects of contraception” is planned for September 2011 in Kaunas, Lithuania (more information, see ESC right link). WHO is looking forward to use this opportunity for further promotion of evidence based approach in sexual and reproductive health in collaboration with ESC.
 
Lessons learned from this collaboration and future plans will be discussed during the meeting of the Regional Advisory Panel on Research and Training in Reproductive Health in the European Region in April 2011 attended by partners working in the area of reproductive health in Europe.