Advancing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Evert Ketting, Senior Fellow

Dr. Evert Ketting is an international specialist in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Since 1989, he has worked as an international expert for various agencies, including International Planned Parenthood Federation, the European Union, the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Population Fund, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), UNICEF and the World Bank, in more than 25 countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Africa. Currently, he is also a senior researcher at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, where he has worked on a UNESCO project on the cost and cost-effectiveness of sexuality education in six countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, among others. In the past few years, he played a leading role in the WHO/Europe & BZgA initiative to develop “Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe” (2010), and the related “Guidance for Implementation” (2013). Dr. Ketting obtained his PhD in Social Sciences from Utrecht University.

In 2013, Dr. Ketting, who has collaborated with the Institute since 1980, became a Senior Fellow at the Guttmacher Institute in New York.

His professional experience includes scientific research, journal editing, lecturing and training, project development, management and evaluation, as well as policy and program advising.

He has published about 230 articles, reports and books, mainly on subjects related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, including family planning, adolescent sexual health, sexuality education, induced abortion, and related public health topics.

Recent publications include:

Ketting E and Esin A, Integrating sexual and reproductive health in primary health care in Europe: position paper of the European Forum for Primary Care, Quality in Primary Care, 2010, 18(4):269–282.

Kivela J, Ketting E and Baltussen R, Cost and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of School-Based Sexuality Education Programmes in Six Countries, Paris: UNESCO, 2011.

Ketting E and Winkelmann C, Sexual health (SH) of young people in the WHO European region, Entre Nous, 2011, 72:12–13.

Haldre K, Part K and Ketting E, Youth sexual health improvement in Estonia, 1990–2009: the role of sexuality education and youth-friendly services, European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 2012, 17(5):351–362.

Samuels F et al., Advocacy for school-based sexuality education: lessons from India and Nigeria, Sex Education, 2013, 13(2):1–10.


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