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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 preparedness efforts of humanitarian and development actors to improve 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


Information for Current Members

Current members of the emergency, preparedness, and resilience sub-working group can access the 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. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to Keya Saha-Chaudhury at International Planned Parenthood Federation.


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.