Voluntary Contraception

Access to voluntary contraception (VC) is often limited during humanitarian settings, when the risk of unintended pregnancy and desire to prevent pregnancy often increases.

  • Providing access to and information about quality contraceptive services.
  • Identifying and engaging local health workers who can support the provision of contraceptive services.
  • Empowering patients with appropriate information to provide informed consent regarding a contraceptive method.

Why It Matters

Access to contraception often decreases in humanitarian settings as health systems are compromised. New barriers to access come at a time when many people’s desire and need for birth spacing and pregnancy prevention increase. Evidence shows that many recently displaced couples express having no desire to become pregnant for two or more years.

How We Work

Our work on this issue is led by the Voluntary Contraception Sub-Working Group—a dedicated group of IAWG members who set the priorities and advance research, practice, and advocacy for voluntary contraception in humanitarian settings. Learn about their current objectives, priorities, and latest work.

Sub-Working Group

Learn How Our Coalition Works

Learn how the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) on Reproductive Health in Crises mobilizes its diverse membership to strengthen and expand access to quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by crises.