The World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional office, the Pan American Health Organization, have designated the Guttmacher Institute as an official Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health. With this recognition, Guttmacher joins an elite network of over 800 health-focused institutions in more than 80 countries that inform WHO’s work and help set its global health priorities.

“This recognition builds on a longstanding relationship between the Guttmacher Institute and the World Health Organization, one that has already produced a critical body of scientific evidence,” said Sharon L. Camp, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute. “We are honored to be designated an official collaborator by the world’s leading organization on global health matters.”

The designation is effective through 2013 and may be renewed. During this period, Guttmacher and WHO will collaborate on a range of projects focused on reducing maternal mortality worldwide, a strategic goal of both institutions.

The organizations’ shared work includes periodic updates of earlier collaborative research on the global incidence of abortion and its consequences. In addition, Guttmacher will inform WHO’s work and strategic planning by providing technical assistance to research institutions in WHO member countries and will work with researchers to make their work more broadly accessible to policymakers and lay audiences.

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