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Email: tni.ohw@mulgozemlug.

World Health Organization
Department of Reproductive Health and Research
Avenue Appia 20 
1211 Geneva 27
Fax: 0041 22 791 4171


Dr A. Metin Gülmezoglu
Department of Reproductive Health and Research

Coordinator, Maternal and Perinatal Health and Preventing Unsafe Abortion Team. Dr. A. Metin Gülmezoglu is the coordinator for the maternal and perinatal health and preventing unsafe abortion team. Dr. Gülmezoglu qualified as an obstetrician and gynecologist in Turkey. He worked as a clinician and researcher in South Africa and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of the Witwatersrand. He then worked at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University and at the United Kingdom Cochrane Centre focusing on systematic reviews. In 1998 he joined The UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO in Geneva as a medical officer.

Dr. Gülmezoglu conducted research on major causes of maternal mortality and morbidity since 1992. He contributed to large multicentre randomized controlled trials evaluating promising clinical interventions and improving the quality of maternal and perinatal health care. He joined the Cochrane Collaboration in 1994 conducted over 30 Cochrane systematic reviews on wide-ranging topics including maternal and perinatal health, newborn health, safe abortion techniques, contraception, and sexually transmitted infections. He is in the editorial boards of the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth and Fertility Regulation review groups.

Since 1997, he also coordinates the WHO Reproductive Health Library, a specialist database in sexual reproductive health that focuses on providing access to key systematic reviews and WHO guidelines together with educational videos, currently published on the WHO web site in five UN languages.