Population Reports. Coping with Crises: How Providers Can Meet Reproductive Health Needs in Crisis Situations. Prepared by: Deepa Ramchandran Robert Gardner Series J, Number 53 December 2005. Millions Need Care in Crises.
Coping with Crises: How Providers Can Meet Reproductive Health Needs in Crisis Situations
Series J, Number 53
Armed conflict leads to widespread sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV).
Occurs during all phases of conflicts
Most often women and girls, but men and boys also affected.
SGBV increases with loss of security, trauma, ethnic tensions and breakdown of society.
Domestic violence also increases.
East Timor: Half of women reported abuse by intimate partners, both during the crisis and afterwards.
Caring for Survivors:
Ask a client about abuse.
Providers should be alert to physical injuries, health conditions, and clients’ behavior that indicates trauma.
Provide appropriate care.
Document the woman’s condition.
Support women’s self-esteem.
Preventing Violence in Camps:
Work with camp management.
Work with refugee health care providers.
Advocate leadership by women.
Work with security forces.
Involve the community.
Reproductive Health Care Providers Can Help
-calculating contraceptive needs
-calculating average monthly consumption
-how to store contraceptives.
Approach someone working for a UN organization and ask which organizations and/or individuals are coordinating RH care or the MISP.
Offer your services and provide your qualifications.
If your clinic/hospital has the skills or equipment to provide any component of the MISP, start immediately.
Ask for supplies from relief organizations. Also ask that they include your clinic in distribution of supplies.
Go to reproductive health care coordination meetings
If there are many displaced people, talk to relief workers organizing shelter, water, latrines and food.
If you know how to set up water pumps and latrines let them know.
Work with those distributing food rations to make sure women are equally represented.
Make sure sanitary supplies as well as clean delivery kits are distributed with food rations.
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