The IAWG invites you to submit an abstract for presentation at the Seventeenth Annual IAWG Meeting in Athens, Greece – November 8-10, 2017. The theme of this year’s meeting is “Improving quality, access, and use of sexual and reproductive health services in humanitarian settings from initial response through sustainable recovery.”
From 2012-2014 the IAWG undertook a global evaluation of SRH in humanitarian settings. While the evaluation revealed significant progress over the previous ten years, it also found critical gaps in some SRH technical areas: contraception, particularly long-acting and permanent methods and emergency contraception; clinical care for survivors of sexual assault; emergency obstetric and newborn care; and comprehensive abortion care. Further, significant challenges transitioning from the MISP to comprehensive SRH services were noted. Quality and accessibility of services remains low overall, in large part due to a dearth of trained providers, limited availability of adolescent-friendly services, and logistics and supply chain gaps. In 2016, the IAWG undertook a revision of the Inter-Agency Field Manual to provide clinical updates, integrate feedback from the 2010 version pilot test, and strengthen guidance related to gaps identified in the global evaluation.
At this year’s meeting, the IAWG wishes to highlight research, promising practices, and lessons learned in humanitarian settings, from MISP implementation through provision of comprehensive SRH. We are particularly interested in the following cross-cutting themes:
Integration of services
Scale up of pilot programs
New/ innovative capacity strengthening approaches
Select abstracts will be chosen for oral, poster or other presentation formats. Please use the form below for all submissions. Abstracts must be submitted in English at this time and should be received by Friday, 30 June 2017.
Sponsorship applications and meeting registration will open the first week of June. Please note that, apart from a limited number of sponsorships, IAWG is unable to offer financial assistance to attend the annual meeting.