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.
To expand and strengthen access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster.
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.
Among populations affected by conflict and natural disaster, the IAWG:
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 […]