To implement the service delivery components of the MISP (provide clinical care for survivors of rape; reduce HIV transmission; prevent excess maternal and newborn morbidity and mortality), the Inter-agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises designed a set of kits containing drugs and supplies aimed at facilitating the implementation of these priority RH services: the interagency Reproductive Health Kits (RH Kits). The RH Kits complement the Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK), which is a standardized emergency health kit that contains essential drugs, supplies, and equipment for the provision of primary health care services. In a humanitarian setting, the IEHK is often rapidly available. However, although it contains a midwifery kit, emergency contraceptive pills (ECPs), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment to prevent transmission of HIV after rape, and supplies for the adherence to standard precautions, the IEHK does not have all the supplies needed to implement the MISP.
The RH Kits are designed for use at the onset of the humanitarian response and contain sufficient supplies for a three-month period for different population numbers, depending on the population coverage of the health-care setting for which kits are designed. The 13 RH Kits are divided into three blocks; each block targets a different health service delivery level.
- Block 1: Community and primary health care level: 10,000 persons/3 months
- Block 2: Primary health care and referral hospital level: 30,000 persons/3 months
- Block 3; Referral hospital level: 150,000 persons/3 months
UNFPA is in charge of assembling and delivering the Interagency RH Kits. Order the Inter-agency RH Kits through UNFPA or identify other quality supply sources to ensure all necessary equipment and materials are available to provide the full range of priority RH services. Coordinate the ordering of supplies within the health sector/cluster to avoid waste.
For more information about the IAWG’s work on logistics, please see the Logistics Sub-Working Group page.