WHO guidelines on contraception promoted at seminar of the European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESCRH)

European Society of Contraception

Gunta Lazdane, Ann Webb and Vitas Klimas during one of the parallel workshops

Every two years ESCRH organizes seminars and gives health professionals the possibility to attend lectures of experts and participate in workshops on topical issues of everyday practice in providing reproductive health services.

This year the 11th Seminar of ESCRH “Clinical aspects of contraception” was organized by the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences 23–24 September in Kaunas, Lithuania. 530 participants from 36 countries came together and took active part in the plenary discussions and workshops.

WHO/Europe was invited by the organizers to present the WHO Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use (MEC) and to organize a workshop “Guidelines in family planning”. The facilitation of the workshop was an example of excellent partnership between international organizations, such as WHO with academia in the United Kingdom and Lithuania.

Many speakers including Professor. J. Bitzer, the President of ESCRH, shared their experience on how they have used MEC in their everyday practice. WHO publications were available and were requested by participants, especially in Russian. Many participants shared their experience of using WHO guidelines in teaching pre-and postgraduate students and presented challenges in integrating family planning into primary health care services and family doctors practises.

This meeting was one more step forward in ensuring quality family planning services in the WHO European Region.