There are approximately 42 million people displaced by conflict and persecution (UNHCR, 2011 Global Trends; Internal Displacement Monitoring Center). Fifteen million were also internally displaced due to sudden onset natural disaster (Internal Displacement Monitoring Center, 2011). The majority of countries with the highest maternal mortality ratios and newborn mortality rates are crisis-affected. 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 MDG 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 1,500 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