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WHO Reproductive Health Library

The WHO Reproductive Health Library (RHL)Picture is an electronic review journal issued by the UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction of the World Health Organization Department of Reproductive Health and Research. It makes available to clinicians and other health workers, especially in developing countries, the most reliable, evidence-based health care information on reproductive health.

RHL is based on selected reviews on reproductive health topics taken from The Cochrane Library, which is published by Update Software, Oxford, England, on behalf of the Cochrane Collaboration. Cochrane reviews are mostly based on data from published and unpublished randomized controlled trials in all languages. The RHL also includes commentaries on the Cochrane reviews by experts who describe the implication of the reviews for low-resource settings as well as summaries of the practical applications of Cochrane review findings.

The RHL covers the following topics:

  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • pregnancy and childbirth
  • neonatal diseases
  • breastfeeding
  • menstrual disorders
  • subfertility and infertility
  • fertility regulation

RHL includes a section titled "Effectiveness summaries for decision-making," in which all interventions reviewed in that issue are categorized according to their level of effectiveness. It also includes papers specifically written for RHL focusing on methodological issues and teaching of evidence-based health care.

System requirements: To run the WHO Reproductive Health Library, you need a PC with a pentium processor or higher, with a minimum of 32 MB of RAM and at least 30 MB of free space on the hard disk. The WHO Reproductive Health Library is currently produced only as a Microsoft Windows program and is available on CD-ROM.

RHL is currently published in English and Spanish.

How to Subscribe: The WHO Reproductive Health Library is published once a year and available on a free subscription basis to health workers in developing countries. To subscribe to RHL send your postal details the address below. RHL is also available to subscribers in developed countries at a small cost; see www.update-software.com/rhl for details.

The WHO Reproductive Health Library
UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction
Department of Reproductive Health and Research
World Health Organization
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Switzerland
Tel: +41-22-7913417
Fax: +41-22-7914171
Internet e-mail address: [email protected]

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