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Sub-Working Group on Emergency Preparedness and Resilience

Advising humanitarian and development actors on preparing for conflict and natural disasters to mitigate their effects, and deliver life-saving sexual and reproductive health services.


The Emergency Preparedness and Resilience (EPR) Sub-Working Group is a dedicated group of IAWG members, who seek to support the integration of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) into the preparedness efforts of humanitarian and development actors to improve the delivery of life-saving aid during conflict and disaster.

Priority Objectives

  1. Build knowledge among global stakeholders about the critical role that sexual and reproductive health plays within any emergency response and the benefits of investing in sexual and reproductive health preparedness
  2. Collectively identify needs, resources and gaps in the area of sexual and reproductive health preparedness
  3. Identify and advocate for sexual and reproductive health preparedness actions among both humanitarian and development actors operating in contexts of instability
  4. Forge partnerships across diverse actors (e.g. government, civil society, NGOs), and sectors working on preparedness and resilience building
  5. Collaborate on the development and dissemination of pragmatic tools and related learnings that support sexual and reproductive health preparedness at country and organizational levels


  • Women's Refugee Commission (WRC)
  • MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience

Information for Current Members

Current members of the emergency preparedness and resilience sub-working group can ask to join the Google Group to attend meetings, share documents and learn more about the goals and ongoing efforts. Please note, only IAWG members at the steering or associate level may participate in Sub-Working Groups and must be accepted before they can access the Google Group. You must be logged in via a Google Account


Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.