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Global Call to Action for Sexual and Reproductive Health Self-Care in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings

Global Call to Action

Too often, women and girls in humanitarian and fragile settings lack access to life-saving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. While self-care offers an important and exciting opportunity to ensure access to SRH for all people across the humanitarian-development nexus, as the movement for self-care expands, humanitarian and fragile settings are being neglected or excluded entirely.

To ensure the most vulnerable populations are meaningfully integrated into the self-care movement, the IAWG Self-Care Task Team, the International Rescue Committee, and the Self-Care Trailblazer Group co-created a Global Call to Action for Sexual and Reproductive Health Self-Care in Humanitarian and Fragile Settings. Innovative collaboration, policy and practice shifts, and robust financial support are needed to ensure millions of women and girls living in humanitarian and fragile settings are able to access SRH self-care interventions and are not left behind in the self-care revolution.

The call to action outlines 3 year targets for strengthening coordination and partnership, cultivating an enabling environment for research, innovation and learning, and increasing investment for SRH self-care in humanitarian and fragile settings. Alongside the call to action we are tracking global progress of self-care in these settings and will share them out frequently to encourage learning exchange and collaboration. We encourage any organization, agency, research institution, donor or policymaker working in SRH in humanitarian or fragile contexts to contribute to this progress tracker and follow along as advance progress together.

We encourage you to share the call to action and target tracker with relevant colleagues. If you are interested in learning more about or joining the IAWG Self-Care Task Team, you can find more information on our website.

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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.