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Committee on Reproductive Health (2001-2006)

Gigi Santow (Australia)


Leo Morris (USA)
Yaw Ofosu (Ghana)
Susheela Singh (Guyana)

Council Liaison
John Cleland

IUSSP Secretariat Contact Person
Paul Monet

Terms of Reference

The topic of reproductive health straddles three key areas of demographic enquiry: fertility (and its components and determinants); mortality (and morbidity, and their determinants); and the interrelationship of fertility issues and health issues. Such interrelationships are of particular interest to the present reproductive health committee. A critical example of such an interrelationship is that between contraceptive use and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS.

The committee wishes to stimulate empirical demographic and epidemiological analysis in these three key areas of reproductive health, employing the abundant existing data derived from retrospective population-based surveys and from prospective investigations. World regions singled out for particular attention include sub-Saharan Africa, where AIDS rages through the general population; and Eastern Europe, where modern contraception is unavailable or unpopular, where STDs and HIV are on the rise, and where Public-health systems are collapsing or ineffective. The committee wishes also to stimulate reflection on ethical and policy issues surrounding not just service provision but data collection.

Report of Exploratory Mission

Programme of Activities

Seminar on Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health
Organized by the IUSSP Committee on Reproductive Health and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)

Wassenaar, Netherlands, 21-23 September 2006.

Call for papers
Seminar report

Seminar on "Reproductive Health Issues in Central and Eastern Europe, and Countries of the Former Soviet Union"
Bucharest, Romania 18-20 October 2004

Call for Papers
Information on Seminar

Seminar on Taking Stock of the Condom in the Era of HIV/AIDS
Gaborone, Botswana, 13-17 July, 2003

Call for Papers


Special Issue on Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health, in Studies in Family Planning, Vol. 38 Issue 4, December 2007.

HIV testing: the mutual rights and responsibilities of partners”, Ruth Dixon-Mueller and Adrienne Germain, in The Lancet, Vol. 370, Issue 9602, pages 1808-1809, 1 December 2007.

fivearticles published in Studies in Family Planning, Vol 35, 2004.

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