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WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction

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The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research

The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) is a non-profit organisation established in 2002. It is supported by the Republic and Canton of Geneva, the Department of Social Affairs of the City of Geneva and other Swiss and international institutions. The Foundation works in close collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). GFMER is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction. The overall objectives of the Foundation are to furnish health education and research programmes that can be applied by developing countries, and countries in economic transition, and to establish collaboration between entities from the public and private sectors.


From research to practice: Training in sexual and reproductive health research

Manager: Dr. Karim Abawi

A 7 months online training by sexual and reproductive health experts developed for health professionals involved in research, whose access to learning is limited by time, financial resource or other constraints and for whom access to quality education and learning is limited.

Links: http://www.gfmer.ch/SRH-Course-2015/

Clinical training, prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula

Manager: Prof. Charles-Henry Rochat

A campaign to end fistula, in collaboration with UNFPA/WHO, working to establish the Centre of Excellence for the prevention and treatment of obstetric fistula in Tanguieta (Northern Benin) to serve as a model for other countries.

Prof. Charles-Henry Rochat, responsible for the fistula project, together with a group of specialists and local medical doctors is conducting missions in several African countries where fistula cases are operated. In addition, Prof. Rochat and his team (composed of specialists from Switzerland, France, USA, Cameroon and Madagascar) organize conferences and workshops on diagnosis, treatment and follow up of fistula cases and advocate for a multidisciplinary approach for care of women suffering from obstetric fistula.

In 2015 GFMER/MHTF/OMPHI/TGHN developed the Obstetric Fistula e-Learning Course

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/fistula/

Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI)/GFMER collaborative initiatives

Managers: Prof. Aldo Campana, Dr. Karim Abawi, Dr. Raqibat Idris

A partnership with OMPHI to develop and disseminate computer-based training modules in maternal and perinatal health that has resulted in the Evidence-based management of pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, the Evidence-based management of postpartum haemorrhage, and the Maternal Infections e-Learning Course.

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/omphi/

GFMER global consultation on WHO infertility guidelines

Managers: Dr. Sheryl Vanderpoel, Prof. Bruce Dunphy, Prof. Aldo Campana

A WHO expert consultation was held, 16-17 January 2012, to scope the area of infertility, with an initial six areas prioritized for evidence review and establishment of global WHO Guidelines. Participants of this GFMER virtual course and consultation are asked to join the WHO process of Guideline development in these six prioritized areas of infertility. Participants have an opportunity to interact and become part of the global expert advisory GFMER team for WHO-RHR/HRP and its Expert Working Groups generating guidelines and manuals on infertility care and treatment.

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/infertility/

mHealth for sexual and reproductive health

Manager: Dr. Heli Bathija

The GFMER initiative of mHealth for sexual and reproductive health offers a unique opportunity to understand how mobile phones can be used to accelerate universal access to sexual and reproductive health and overcome barriers hindering such access. It consists of

  • Building capacities through an Online training course on sexual and reproductive mHealth.
  • Creating professional networks of those interested in mHealth approaches for sexual and reproductive health to share learnings and best practices, including tactics and terms for negotiating contracts and striking mutually beneficial deals with operators and developers. This is to ensure not only global but also national level coordination and knowledge sharing.
  • Gathering country specific information on mHealth initiatives and projects on sexual and reproductive health. Mobile and information and communications technology (ICT) strategies need to be grounded in country-level realities, needs and opportunities. MHealth for SRH initiatives should be tied directly to country-level health sector needs and priorities.
  • Sharing knowledge with a wider public through a database of research about sexual and reproductive mHealth.
  • Viewing mHealth through a “gender lens” and considering it from the psychosocial angle.

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/mhealth/

Sexual and reproductive rights

Manager: Dr. Karim Abawi

An online resource on sexual and reproductive rights across the globe for a meaningful inclusion of human rights in sexual and reproductive health issues.

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/srr/

Early childhood development (ECD)

Manager: Dr. Meena Cabral de Mello

A collaborative project for ECD capacity building in developing countries including an online training course on ECD for programme managers and health care workers.

Link: http://www.gfmer.ch/ecd/

HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections

Manager: Dr Antonio Carlos Gerbase

Links: http://www.gfmer.ch/sti/ and http://www.gfmer.ch/SRH-Course-2015/index.htm

  • Capacity building: STI module of the Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health. New HIV/AIDS module for the Training Course in Sexual and Reproductive Health with emphasis in implementation challenges, targeting programme managers. Production of a computer based 6 hours STI course for programme managers.
  • Technical Assistance: dissemination of updated technical information in HIV/AIDS/STI. Promptly response to HIV/AIDS/STI related questions received from partners and Foundation members.
  • Partnerships: Liaison with WHO, UNAIDS and other key partners strengthening and fostering partnerships.
  • Innovation: Creation of a "STI Think Tank" with key high level partners to discuss barriers, opportunities and new strategies, including use of new diagnostic tests, for STI prevention and care.


Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
150, route de Ferney
1211 Geneva 2 - Switzerland

Email: info@gfmer.org
Website: http://www.gfmer.ch/