• Reports on Sexual & Reproductive Health

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    Reports on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Read reports and manuals on: maternal and newborn health; family planning; sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS; and gender-based violence in refugee settings.

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    Reproductive Health Assessment in the Eastern Border Region of Burma

    Preliminary Findings

    Community Partners International (CPI), the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC), faculty of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and community health organizations undertook an assessment in March 2015 on how to improve community-based sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services given the changing political situation in Burma/Myanmar. The study sought to: identify key problems related to access to SRH services among rural border communities; assess perceived quality and consistency of existing SRH services; and examine the successes of the Mobile Obstetric Maternal Health Workers (MOM) Project and identify areas for improvement.
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    Reproductive Health (MISP) in Post-Earthquake Nepal

    Process Evaluation of the Implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package for Reproductive Health in Nepal

    An overview of the MISP assessment in Kathmandu and Sindhupalchowk, with preliminary findings about which essential sexual and reproductive health services are available.
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    "It doesn’t matter if you are disabled. You are talented"

    The intersection of sexual and reproductive health and disability for Bhutanese refugees in Damak, Nepal

    A qualitative assessment of the specific risks, needs and barriers for Bhutanese refugees with disabilities to accessing SRH services in Beldangi refugee camp, Damak, Nepal. Their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges were also examined.

    "It doesn’t matter if you are disabled. You are talented" | Accessible Version

    The intersection of sexual and reproductive health and disability for Bhutanese refugees in Damak, Nepal

    A qualitative assessment of the specific risks, needs and barriers for Bhutanese refugees with disabilities to accessing SRH services in Beldangi refugee camp, Damak, Nepal. Their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges were also examined.
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    "The Woman Can Decide for Herself" | Kakuma, Kenya | English

    The Intersection of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Disability

    A qualitative examination of the specific risks, needs and barriers that refugees with disabilities face in accessing sexual and reproductive health services—and of their capacities and practical ways to overcome these challenges. Findings are based on findings from camp-based refugees in Kakuma, Kenya.
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    Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    A Case Study

    In 2012, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) and Save the Children undertook a year-long, global exercise to map existing adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programs that have been implemented since 2009 in humanitarian settings and to document good practices. To operationalize the learning from the ASRH study, the WRC and Save the Children embarked on a pilot project in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The project aimed to improve adolescent (10-19 years) knowledge, attitudes and behaviors around select sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues. This report covers finding and lessons learned.

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    Reproductive Health for Syrian Refugees in Zaatri and Irbid Jordan

    An Evaluation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP)

    Despite the steady influx of refugees into Jordan that has strained the resource capacity of this humanitarian emergency response, the agencies that provide RH services have been able to implement the MISP for the most part, although there is need for some improvement. In this setting, the study team found some challenges, such as balancing the increasing demands for services while maintaining quality and managing information flow among multiple stakeholders. 

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    Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs in Humanitarian Settings: An In-Depth Look at Family Planning Services

    The importance of sexual and reproductive health programs for displaced adolescents is receiving increased attention, however there is little documentation of programs that are successful in providing such services, including family planning. To address this gap, the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children undertook a year-long exercise to map existing adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) programs that have been implemented since 2009 and document good practices.
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    Integrating sexual and reproductive health into health emergency and disaster risk management

    This policy brief discusses the integration of sexual and reproductive health in all aspects of health emergency and disaster risk management, both for immediate health needs, such as saving lives in obstetric complications and preventing disease, as well as in the long term to reduce vulnerability and to support sustainable development of health systems and communities.

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    Community-based Care for Survivors of Sexual Assault

    This short report for health workers is based on our work on the Thai-Burma border with survivors of sexual assault and looks at whether medical care by community health workers is a safe and feasible option of care when access to health facilities is limited.

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    Incorporating Sexual and Reproductive Health Into Emergency Preparedness and Planning

    Women are disproportionately affected by disasters: 90 percent of those killed in the 1991 cyclone in Bangladesh and 80 percent of those killed in the 2004 tsunami were women and girls. For those who do survive, there are devastating, long-term effects on their sexual and reproductive health. In this new report, the Women’s Refugee Commission looks at activities to improve sexual and reproductive health and better prepare for disasters in Haiti, Uganda and South Sudan.

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