By Peggy Antrobus, Adrienne Germain, and Sia Nowrojee

In Bellagio, Italy, in 1991, the Rockefeller Foundation and IWHC co-sponsored a meeting of scientists, donors, and women’s health advocates to review the relevance of reproductive tract infections (RTIs) to international health goals, including family planning, child survival, maternal health, the prevention and control of sexually transmitted diseases and human immunodeficiency virus; and to identify specific actions to reduce girls’ and women’s vulnerability to RTIs. The report of the meeting and a volume containing the papers presented provide a policy assessment of information on the prevalence of RTIs, as well as detailed recommendations of participants in the Bellagio meeting. This is the report of that meeting, co-sponsored by IWHC and the Women and Development Unit (WAND) of the University of the West Indies.