The new K4Health Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings Toolkit (http://www.k4health.org/toolkits/rh-humanitarian-settings) 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 young people.
• 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.
I hope you find it useful.
Shannon M. Davis
Web Content Specialist
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
111 Market Place, Suite 310
Baltimore, Maryland 21202