About IAWG

By the end of 2013, roughly 51.2 million persons were displaced by conflict, persecution, generalized violence and human rights violations, the highest number since World War II (UNHCR Global Trend, 2013). In addition, 22 million persons were displaced by natural disasters (IDMC, Global Estimates 2014). Over half of maternal and under-five deaths take place in settings affected by armed conflict or natural disasters (Save the Children, State of the World’s Mothers, 2014). Addressing the human rights and sexual and reproductive health needs of women, men and adolescents affected by conflict and natural disaster is an issue of critical importance globally and is essential to achieving Millennium Development Goals 4,5, and 6.

Our Mission

To expand and strengthen access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster.

Who We Are

IAWG is a broad-based, highly collaborative coalition of 18 Steering Committee member agencies – representing UN, government, non-governmental, research, and donor organizations. Formed in 1995, and currently a network of over 1,800 individual members from 450 agencies, IAWG remains committed to advancing the sexual and reproductive health of people affected by conflict and natural disaster.

What We Do

Among populations affected by conflict and natural disaster, the IAWG:

  • Documents gaps, accomplishments, and lessons learned;
  • Evaluates the state of sexual and reproductive health in the field;
  • Establishes technical standards for the delivery of reproductive health services
  • Builds and disseminates evidence to policy makers, managers, and practitioners
  • Advocates for the inclusion of crisis-affected persons in global development
    and humanitarian agendas
IAWG Flyer (2015)
(also available in French and Arabic)

Upcoming Event

Crisis & Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) Training

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention August 10-12, 2016...

2016 Annual Meeting

The 2016 IAWG Annual Meeting took place in Dakar, Senegal from March 9-11.

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Latest News

The Safe Delivery App: A resource for remote health workers

Featured at Women Deliver in Copenhagen this past week, the Safe Delivery App (SDA) helps address the need to deliver remote, high quality training in a format that can reach health workers in the periphery of the health system. The SDA, developed by Maternity Foundation in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen and the University […]

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Featured Resource

MISP Readiness Assessment Tool: Tool for the assessment of countries’ readiness to provide Minimum Initial Service Package for SRH...

MISP module: Take the module in preparation for our annual meeting

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