Incorporating Sexual and Reproductive Health into Emergency Preparedness and Planning
Lessons learned from national-level efforts in Haiti, Uganda and South Sudan
This report reviews recent Women’s Refugee Commission sexual and reproductive health activities (SRH) in Haiti, Uganda and South Sudan. It considers the impact of advocacy, training and planning activities related to emergency preparedness and planning specific to SRH. The report then offers lessons learned and recommendations for improving steps towards SRH emergency preparedness at the national level. As efforts to incorporate SRH activities into disaster risk reduction (DRR) are in their early phases, this report makes an important contribution to a knowledge base that could help to shape effective practices. It is essential that we expand this knowledge base to reduce reproductive health morbidity and mortality and ensure that women and girls have full access to response systems, during and post-disasters, by taking critical preparation steps.