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Updated 10/5/2021 Learn More

In September, USAID’s MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership Project, in collaboration with WHO and UNFPA, hosted a technical consultation focused on maternal mental health. It brought together experts across the humanitarian-development nexus and reviewed the findings from a comprehensive landscape analysis brief the agencies undertook over the past few months. In this blog, the IAWG Newborn Initiative summarizes this consultation and calls upon the humanitarian community to examine the way forward for supporting the mental health of mothers in humanitarian and fragile settings to ensure they are not left behind.

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9/30/2021 Learn More

Community transformation centers the work and leadership of Youth Action for Community Transformation (YACOT), a community-based organization advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in northwest Uganda. YACOT is based in the Odobu Zone of Rhino Camp Refugee Settlement, serving refugees (mostly from neighboring South Sudan) and members of the host community.Focused on serving the needs of community members from ages 15-35, YACOT leads SRH education, advocacy, and supply distribution. Co-founder and Executive Director Met Lim Gatluak said that, for HIV/AIDS, YACOT offers testing, basic counseling, and community-based outreach. Other SRHR programming includes the distribution of condoms, menstrual care management workshops, and family planning referrals.

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9/17/2021 Learn More

The International Rescue Committee (IRC), announced a new collaboration that aims to improve maternal and newborn health in conflict-affected countries through the creation of a multi-country research consortium. With funding provided by UK Aid from the UK government, the $11.3 million contract will be led by the IRC alongside the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and its university-wide Center for Humanitarian Health, the Somali Research and Development Institute (SORDI), and Université Catholique de Bukavu (UCB). The consortium will conduct research in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, northeast Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan.

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9/2/2021 Learn More

The IAWG ASRH SWG recently finished its application process to select four young people to serve as co-chairs for the next year. The four co-chairs are split into two teams, with at least one adolescent representative per team. Each team will serve for seven months before handing over to the next team. Let us introduce our young person co-chairs for the next year!

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8/30/2021 Learn More

Strengthening Health Systems in Humanitarian Settings: Multi-Stakeholder Insights on Contraception and Postabortion Care Programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Somalia

Nguyen Toan Tran, Janet Meyers, Bibiche Malilo, Julien Chabo, Jean-Baptiste Muselemu, Bienvenu Riziki, Patrick Libonga, Abdikani Shire, Hussein Had, Mohamed Ali, Mohamed Abdi Arab, Jama Mohamed Da'ar, Mohamed Hussein Kahow, Joseph Ege Adive, Binyam Gebru, Emily Monaghan, Catherine N. Morris3, Meghan Gallagher, Virginie Jouanicot, Natacha Pougnier and Ribka Amsalu

This paper aims to identify strategic components that contribute to health system strengthening in DRC and Somalia.

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8/25/2021 Learn More

Humanitarian Crisis in Afghanistan

Women's Refugee Commission

A humanitarian and human rights crisis is rapidly unfolding in Afghanistan as the country once again falls under Taliban rule. The lives of human rights activists, particularly women’s rights defenders, are at risk.