Toolkit Addresses Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings

19 Aug 2013
A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo plays with one of her children. © 2008 Paul Jeffrey, Courtesy of Photoshare

A woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo plays with one of her children. © 2008 Paul Jeffrey, Courtesy of Photoshare

K4Health is pleased to mark World Humanitarian Day with the release of its new Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit. This Toolkit provides donors, decision makers, program managers, health service providers, including emergency workers, and communications professionals, with a carefully selected collection of state-of-the-art resources and tools for delivering reproductive health and related services in challenging emergency conditions.What does the Toolkit offer?

  • Guidelines and tools for reproductive health service delivery in humanitarian settings.
  • Information on integrating family planning services into emergency management structures.
  • Resources on providing maternal and child health care for people in crisis.
  • Tools for HIV prevention and treatment in humanitarian settings.
  • Guidance on addressing the unique reproductive health needs of displaced
  • Gender considerations that should be incorporated into all disaster management programming, including reproductive health and related services.
  • Guidance on preventing and addressing gender-based violence, a common threat in humanitarian settings.
  • Links to key humanitarian organizations with vast experience and expertise in health services provision in emergency situations.

As of 2011, an estimated 43 million people worldwide were considered forcibly displaced as a result of conflict or persecution; women and girls comprise half of this population. Ensuring access to reproductive health care and related services in humanitarian settings is a cost effective, life saving strategy that can advance post-crisis recovery, development, and economic stability; prevent maternal and infant morbidity and mortality; curb the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, and much more.

Visit the Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit at http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/rh-humanitarian-settings.

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