Reproductive Health Service Delivery

Reproductive health issues are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in disaster- and conflict-affected situations. Disruption of access to reproductive health information, services, and supplies means people who need family planning and lifesaving interventions such as skilled prenatal care and birth attendance will suffer. The result is more unplanned pregnancies, unsafe abortions, and complicated deliveries. In addition, women and girls in humanitarian settings are at increased risk for rape and sexual assault, heightening the need for medical attention and ongoing access to care.

The resources in this section of the Toolkit offer guidance for integrating sexual and reproductive health care into emergency management to address both immediate, lifesaving needs and to provide ongoing care to reduce long-term vulnerability to unplanned pregnancy, unsafe abortion, pregnancy and childbirth complications, HIV and other STIs, and other reproductive health challenges.

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