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Module Reading List 2017-18

Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2019/20, Semester 2
Steve Pearson
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General reading

The lancet. 2016 Special series : Maternal health WHO (2015): 1990 to 2015 Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division Online:

The Lancet. 2006. Special series: sexual and reproductive health series. The Lancet . Also available at:

WHO Department of Reproductive Health and Research. 2011. Universal access to reproductive health: Accelerated actions to enhance progress on Millennium Development Goal 5 through advancing Target 5B. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2010. Packages of interventions for family planning, safe abortion care, maternal, newborn and child health. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2004. Reproductive health strategy. Available from:

Fajans, P. et al. 2006. Helping public sector health systems innovate: the strategic approach to strengthening reproductive health policies and programs. American Journal of Public Health . 96, pp.435-440. Available from:

Price, N.L. and Hawkins, K. 2007. A conceptual framework for the social analysis of reproductive health. Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition . 25 (1), pp.24-36.

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Policy issues

Girard, F. 2014. Taking ICPD beyond 2015: negotiating sexual and reproductive health rights in the next development agenda. Global public health., 9(6), pp.607-619.

Health and Development Information Team. 2008. Universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. Eldis Health Key Issues Guide. Available from: 

Shiffman, J. and Smith, S. 2007. Generation of political priority for global health initiatives: a framework and case study of maternal mortality. The Lancet . 370 (9595), pp.1370-1379.

Open Working Group of General Assembly on Sustainable Development Goals. 2014. Open Working Group proposal for Sustainable Development Goals.Available from:

UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs. 2014. The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014. Geneva: UN. Available from:

Socio-cultural context

WHO. 2010. Social determinants of sexual and reproductive health. Informing future research and programme implementation. Geneva: World Health Organization. Available from:

Whelan, D. 1999. Gender and HIV/AIDS. UNAIDS Best Practice Collection. Geneva: UNAIDS.

Bosmans, M. et al. 2006. Where have all the condoms gone in adolescent programmes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Reproductive Health Matters . 14 (28), pp.80-88.

Chacham, A. et al. 2007. Sexual and reproductive health needs of sex workers: two feminist projects in Brazil. Reproductive Health Matters. 15 (29), pp.108-118.

Gyimah, S.O. et al. 2006. Challenges to the reproductive-health needs of African women: on religion and maternal health utilization in Ghana. Social Science & Medicine . 62, pp. 2930-2944.

Wellings, K. et al. 2006. Sexual and reproductive health 2: sexual behaviour in context: a global perspective. Lancet. 368 (9548), pp.1706-1728.

Safe motherhood

The lancet. 2016 Special series : Maternal health WHO (2015): 1990 to 2015 Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division Online:

WHO. 2014. A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH): a multisectoral policy compendium for RMNCH. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2013. Compilation of WHO recommendations on maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2005. The world health report 2005: make every mother and child count. Geneva: WHO.

McCarthy, J. and Maine, D. 1992. A framework for analysing the determinants of maternal mortality. Studies in Family Planning. 23 (1). pp.23-33.

Berer, M. 2007. Maternal mortality and morbidity: is pregnancy getting safer for women? Reproductive Health Matters. 15 (30). 6-16.

Countdown Working Group on Health Policy and Health Systems. 2008. Assessment of the health system and policy environment as a critical complement to tracking interventions coverage for maternal, newborn, and child health. Lancet. 371 (April 12). pp.1284-1293. 

WHO. 2012. Optimizing health worker roles to improve access to key maternal and newborn health interventions through task shifting. Geneva: WHO.

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  • Correspondence to: Ann-Beth Moller, Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organization, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland

Moller AB; Petzold M; Chou D,. 2017. Early antenatal care visit: a systematic analysis of regional and global levels and trends of coverage from 1990 to 2013 The Lancet Global Health2017 5: e977–83

United Nations Maternal Mortality Estimation Inter-Agency Group collaborators and technical advisory group.,2017. Global, regional, and national levels and trends in maternal mortality between 1990 and 2015, with scenario-based projections to 2030: a systematic analysis Lancet. ISSN: 0140-6736; 1474-547X .

Unsafe abortion

WHO. 2012. Safe abortion: technical and policy guidance for health systems . Geneva: WHO. Available from: 

Warriner, I.K. and Shah, I.H. (Eds). 2006. Preventing unsafe abortion and its consequences: priorities for research and action. New York: Guttmacher Institute. Available from:

Sedgh, G. et al. 2012. Induced abortion: incidence and trends worldwide from 1995 to 2008. The Lancet. 379 (9816), pp.625-632.

Service delivery of family planning

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, WHO. 2011. Family planning: a global handbook for providers. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

WHO. 2012. From evidence to policy. Expanding access to family planning - strengthening health system response: no opportunities missed. Policy brief. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

Cleland J, et al. 2006. Family planning: the unfinished agenda. The Lancet . 368 (9549), pp.1810-1827.

PATH, UNFPA. 2008. Reducing unmet need for family planning – evidence based strategies and approaches. New York: UNFPA.

STI/HIV programmes

WHO. 2012. Global incidence and prevalence of selected curable sexually transmitted infections. 2008. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

Low, N. et al. 2006. Global control of sexually transmitted infections. The Lancet . 368 (9551), pp.2001-16.

Department of Reproductive Health and Research. 2006. Global strategy for the prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections: 2006 - 2015. Breaking the chain of transmission. Geneva: WHO.

Dick, B. et al. 2006. Preventing HIV/AIDS in young people. A systematic review of the evidence from developing countries. World Health Organization technical report series. 938: 1-13. Also available at:

WHO. 2004. Guidelines for the management of sexually transmitted infections. Geneva: WHO. Available from:

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Useful journals

Reproductive Health Matters

Culture, Health & Sexuality

International Journal of STD & AIDS

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Lancet Global HEalth

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Useful websites

WHO reproductive health library online [electronic resource]. Published Oxford : Update Software.

UNFPA: Sexual and Reproductive Health

The Alan Guttmacher Institute

Popline bibliographic database

This list was last updated on 09/01/2018