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Contraceptive Services in Crises: Lifesaving and a Human Right—But Under Prioritized


Access to contraception is an essential, lifesaving service in emergency settings. Contraceptive services must be made available along with other essential SRH services at the outset of every humanitarian response, including epidemics and pandemics, and expanded as the acute stage subsides. The Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) completed a landscaping assessment from 2018–2020 to evaluate and build the evidence base on barriers, opportunities, and effective strategies to provide contraceptive services to people affected by crises. This synopsis outlines our findings and recommendations.

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