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10/30/2020 Learn More

HealthRight International’s field offices in Ukraine provide essential access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for marginalized Ukrainians, including crisis-affected people, survivors of gender-based and domestic violence, people with HIV, and adolescents. “Sexual and reproductive health services are integrated into almost all of our programs aiming at improving the quality of life of women and girls,” said Halyna Skipalska, HealthRight Country Director for Ukraine and the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Foundation for Public Health. The organization particularly focuses on gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response and currently operates mobile clinics, daycare centers, and shelters for survivors of GBV throughout the country.

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9/30/2020 Learn More

In the two years since the Misuhuko Medical Center in Burundi opened, they have seen an average of one thousand patients each month, including maternal care and HIV screening. The center faced a significant challenge, having to transfer pregnant people in need of a cesarian section to a neighboring facility. With the support of a project started by the Musama Friends Church and with the engagement of the local community, a clinic is being built. This clinic will be fully functional in providing a cesarian section, reducing unnecessary travel by laboring patients. The local community who the clinic serves raised funding to support the facility's building, but the medical staff are still fundraising for additional assets to make the service fully operational.

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9/29/2020 Learn More

On Monday, September 14, 2020, four advocacy organizations - Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, South Georgia Immigrant Support Network - filed a complaint with the United States Federal Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General outlining concerns from a client, as well as Dawn Wooten, a licensed nurse practitioner, against the ICDC for performing non-consensual hysterectomies on immigrant women, failing to follow COVID-19 safety procedures, as well as other examples of medical neglect.

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9/3/2020 Learn More

On 4 August 2020, a series of explosions in Beirut Port caused an estimated 181 deaths, contributed to at least 6,000 injuries, and displaced an estimated 300,000 people in the Lebanese capital. The World Health Organization estimates than more than 80 primary health centers were severely damaged by the blasts. Within 5 kilometers of the blasts, less than 50 percent of health facilities were able to provide the full package of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, according to a UNFPA assessment of 55 primary healthcare sites (UNFPA). The explosion compounds and deepens existing crises in Lebanon that impact women’s access to SRH services, including economic instability, food insecurity, the COVID-19 pandemic, and a population of nearly 1 million displaced persons (UNHCR). IAWG and its members recognize that community-based organizations have been at the forefront of responding to these crises in Lebanon, which will be amplified in the September 2020 edition of IAWG Insider. We aim to echo solidarity with Lebanon and spotlight community-led work by:

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9/3/2020 Learn More

The annual call will open on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. This is an open call for research proposals that will strengthen the public health evidence base in humanitarian settings, and contribute to more effective interventions in humanitarian response. To be eligible, applicants will need to have a partnership including a research institution and an operational humanitarian organization. Research partnerships must also include at least one academic research institution from the country or region where the research will take place. Your research team will need to be led by an experienced Principle Investigator(s) and include a research uptake focal point.