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Chapter 1: Introduction

In this chapter, humanitarian responders will learn about adolescence, the unique needs, capacities, and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) barriers facing different groups of adolescents, and how those factors are different in emergency settings. The chapter comprises two sections, divided up by the following questions: what is adolescent sexual and reproductive health (ASRH) and why should we prioritize ASRH during emergencies?

Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, readers should be able to:

  • Understand what adolescence is and define the SRH rights of adolescents
  • Describe the capacities of adolescents to shape their own health outcomes
  • Distinguish the unique risk factors and SRH needs of different groups of adolescents
  • Explain the unique SRH needs and barriers adolescents face during humanitarian emergencies
  • Describe why humanitarians should prioritize ASRH activities from the onset of an emergency


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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.