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Sexual and Reproductive Health, 2021/22, Semester F02
Mahua Das
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

General reading

The Lancet. 2006. Special series: sexual and reproductive health. 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:

Wellings, K. et al. 2012. Sexual health: a public health perspective. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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.

Gill, R., Ganatra, B., and Althabe. F. 2019. WHO essential medicines for reproductive health. BMJ Global Health, 4:e002150.

British Medical Journal. 2019. Self care interventions for sexual and reproductive health and rights. British Medical Journal, Supplement.

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Policy issues

UNFPA. 2019. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: An Essential Element of Universal Health Coverage. New York: UNFPA.

Every Woman Every Child. 2016. The Global Strategy For Women’s, Children’s And Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030). New York: United Nations.

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.

Socio-cultural context

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

Sovran, S. 2013. Understanding culture and HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS Research Alliance, 10(1), pp.32-41.

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.

Bisika, T. 2008. Cultural Factors that affect sexual and reproductive Health in Malawi. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 34(2), pp.79-80.

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

WHO. 2015. Trends in maternal mortality, 1990 to 2015. Estimates by WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, World Bank Group and the United Nations Population Division. WHO: Geneva.

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:   

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

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.

Moller A.B., Petzold M., and 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 Health, 5, e977–83.

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.

IPAS. 2018. Roots of Change: A step-by-step advocacy guide for expanding access to safe abortion. New York: IPAS.

Family planning

UNFPA. Annual. State of World Population. New York: UNFPA.

WHO. 2018. 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.

STI/HIV programmes

WHO. 2016. Global health sector strategy on Sexually Transmitted Infections, 2016-2021. Geneva: WHO.

Rowley, J. et al. 2019. Chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis and syphilis: global prevalence and incidence estimates, 2016. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 97:548-562P.

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

Unemo, M. et al. 2017. Sexually transmitted infections: challenges ahead. The Lancet Infectious Diseases, 17(8), pp.235-279.

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

This list was last updated on 13/04/2021