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The W.H.O. Expanded Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction

A. Kessler and C. C. Standley
Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Vol. 195, No. 1118, A Discussion on Contraceptives of the Future (Dec. 10, 1976), pp. 129-136
Published by: Royal Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/77164
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Abstract

The World Health Organization Expanded Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction was established in 1972 to improve existing methods of fertility regulation, develop new methods and assist national authorities in devising the best ways of providing them on a continuing basis. Strengthening of national resources to carry out research in this field forms an important part of the programme. The programme is closely integrated with other W.H.O. research in human reproduction and in maternal and child health, and is closely linked with W.H.O.'s technical assistance programmes to governments. Research is being conducted by more than 650 scientists in 60 countries on a variety of methods that includes pills for women and men; injectables, again for both sexes; intra-uterine devices; vaginal rings; intracervical devices; rhythm methods; sterilization; termination of pregnancy; postcoital preparations; and birth control vaccines. The effectiveness, safety, acceptability and programme implications of these methods is being studied in populations of different constitutions and environments.

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