Sexual & Reproductive Health

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Harnessing technology to increase access to sexual and reproductive health information and services for adolescent girls in Lebanon and Iraq

Targeted interventions to respond to the needs expressed by adolescent girls - specifically related to their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) - is an emerging area of research and programming in humanitarian contexts globally.

Expanding access to information and communications technologies (ICT) provides opportunities for learning and education, especially in remote regions and during humanitarian crises. Increasing access to ICT has the potential to reach the most marginalized adolescent girls with information and services that would otherwise be unavailable, including education, legal, and health services.

To understand how adolescent girls use technology to access information and services, the Women's Refugee Commission, in partnership with UNICEF, carried out field assessments in Lebanon and Iraq in July 2018.

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Joint Complaint on ICE Detention and Treatment of Pregnant Women

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the American Immigration Council (Council), the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies (CGRS), the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), and the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) filed an administrative complaint with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on behalf of women who are or were pregnant and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The complaint’s findings include reports by currently and formerly detained women that illustrate ICE’s failure to implement its own policy limiting the detention of pregnant women; inhumane detention conditions; and inadequate medical care.
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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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No Safety for Refugee Women on the European Route

Report from the Balkans

There is virtually no consideration of gender-based violence along the route to ensure safe environments, identify survivors and ensure that services are provided to them.
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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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I'm Here: Adolescent Girls in Emergencies

A resource for emergency response staff, this outlines an operational approach and recommendations that can help humanitarian sectors be more accountable to adolescent girls from the start of an emergency.
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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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