Building National Resilience for Sexual and Reproductive Health: Learning from Current Experiences
In disasters, women face increased health and protection risks, resulting in the critical need for sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. Since 1997, the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) has been the standard of care for SRH in humanitarian settings. A multisectoral and multidisciplinary health emergency and disaster risk management system further protects public health and reduces morbidity, mortality, and disability associated with emergencies.
Thus, In 2015, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) collected examples of efforts to integrate SRH within emergency and disaster risk management for health (EDRMH), exploring achievements, challenges, and reflections, in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) region, Macedonia, and Pakistan.
Learning regarding SRH inclusion within disaster risk management systems remains nascent. However, these case studies offer early learning that can inform work on this topic moving forward.