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Over 35% of women globally will face sexual and/or intimate partner violence in their lifetime. In humanitarian crises, levels of these and other forms of violence based on gender inequality (GBV for gender-based violence) grows more acute. The presence of armed actors, displacement, broken social and protective networks and lack of services create an environment where women are at acute risk.
Illness among children is an important risk factor for acute malnutrition. Sick children with acute malnutrition will have a higher risk of becoming severely malnourished and will need a longer recovery. Pregnant women with malnutrition are at higher risk for complications during pregnancy and delivery. They also risk delivering a baby with low birth weight. Treating illness and acute malnutrition at an early stage reduces mortality and malnutrition rates and mitigates the risk mentioned above from becoming severe.
A study on Health Cluster implementation lead by Merlin on behalf of the Global Health Cluster has recently identified the "lack of data for decision making" as a major gap.
Through HeRAMS, the Global Health Cluster aims at promoting and supporting good practice in mapping health resources and services availability in emergencies so as to strengthen informed based decision making by the Health Cluster.
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