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MARCH 2020
The 2020 IAWG Meeting has been rescheduled for December 9 through 11, 2020. Side events will take place on December 7 and 8, 2020. The postponed meeting will be held at our original venue, the Millennium Hilton Bangkok, and the theme will remain focused on the nexus as originally planned. Check the website for the latest information

News & Announcements

Your Input is Needed! 2020 Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings

Over the past year, the IAWG Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) sub-working group has been revising the 2009 ASRH Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings to ensure guidance is updated and aligned with the 2018 Inter-Agency Field Manual for Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings. In January 2020, the revision team released their zero draft version of the 2020 ASRH Toolkit for Humanitarian Settings for review with ASRH stakeholders. The revision team is asking for IAWG members to review the toolkit, as well as share with other humanitarian sectors, and provide input and feedback via this form by March 20. If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Meyer at

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The Danger of Working with a Passion: Burn Out

Humanitarian aid workers risk burning out due to the passion for their work and a system that does not (yet) support staff wellbeing. For IAWG members this is especially relevant, as both SRHR and aid work speak to individual's passion and can be quite contentious.

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Family Planning 2020 Annual Report: Women at the Center 2018 - 2019

Behind every uptick in FP2020 metrics are the real lives of women and girls; their struggles, their needs, their hopes, their plans. As they look ahead to the post-2020 framework, FP2020 will be drawing on the lessons learned over the past seven years of the initiative. Family planning is in in a very different place than when FP2020 first launched in 2012, with a wealth of experience in what works, what’s important, and why.


Learnings from the Sauti'/VOICE Project

Since 2006, the Population Council-led 'Africa Regional SGBV Network' has worked to build effective responses to SGBV in low-resource settings, focusing on those who have experienced violence, as well as on violence prevention. From 2018-2020, the network is collaborating with the UNHCR EHAGL Africa Bureau in Nairobi, Kenya, to address the needs of survivors in refugee settings in the East, Horn, and Great Lakes Regions of Africa through the ViOlence Response and Prevention through Information, Communication, and Education (VOICE) project. ‘Voice’ is translated as ‘Sauti’ in Kiswahili, and represents the project’s emphasis on amplifying the voices of SGBV survivors and the efforts of those that work with them (UNHCR implementing partners and the network’s civil society organizations), to broaden the reach of effective SGBV responses across the region. These first five briefs showcase our activities and learnings along the way.
Photo: From first brief.

MISP Training for Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Initiative

IPPF South Asia Region has been working with its member association in India, Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) in the disaster-affected Puri district of Odisha in Eastern India to build a community-based disaster resilience and preparedness model. The model engages the village community, village disaster management councils, government service providers, district disaster management authority around the management and provision of sexual and reproductive health services to people impacted by crises. FPAI has partnered very closely with Red Cross-Odisha on building this model, building capacity, and empowering  community workers. The training, held in January 2020, reviewed MISP implementation with 22 trainees.


Fact Sheet: Women's Reproductive Health Needs Don't Stop When Disaster Strikes

High-quality family planning services in crisis settings save women’s lives, improve their health, and empower communities to contribute to recovery. View the factsheet >>

The COFEM Feminist Pocketbook

The Feminist Pocketbook is a resource to support practitioners, researchers and others working in humanitarian and development settings to articulate and implement feminist-informed approaches to addressing violence against women and girls, also referred to as gender-based violence (GBV). The Pocketbook consists of 10 ‘tip sheets’ on key topics related to addressing GBV in humanitarian and development settings, and cross cuts areas such as SRHR and child protection. Read More >>

Fact Sheet: Family Planning in Emergencies

The reproductive health needs of 34 million women and girls requiring humanitarian assistance don’t stop when disaster strikes. Conflict and disaster increase reproductive health risks, including making pregnancy and childbirth more dangerous. View the factsheet >>

Useful Resources for Managing Supply Chains in Humanitarian Settings

The Building Capacity to Improve Pharmaceutical and Medical Commodity Management In Humanitarian and Disaster Settings program held a webinar to introduce the addendum to the JSI Supply Chain Managers Handbook, Supply Chain Management for Healthcare in Humanitarian Response Settings. View the Recording & Manual>>


Barriers and facilitators to care-seeking among survivors of gender-based violence in the Dadaab refugee complex

In humanitarian settings, timely access to care is essential for survivors of gender-based violence (GBV). Despite the existence of GBV support services, challenges still exist in maximizing benefits for survivors. This study aimed to understand the characteristics of violence against women and explore barriers and facilitators to care-seeking for GBV by women in two camps within the Dadaab refugee complex in Kenya.  Women in the Dadaab refugee camps face violence from intimate partners, family, and other refugees. There is an urgent need to address drivers of GBV and the barriers to disclosure and access to services for all survivors of GBV.  Read article >>

Not all that bleeds is Ebola: How has the DRC Ebola outbreak impacted Sexual and Reproductive Health in North-Kivu?

The 10th outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) started in August 2018 and has taken place in the conflict-affected provinces of North-Kivu and Ituri. There have been over 3,300 cases and 2,200 deaths in this outbreak, 56% of which have been among women and girls. Learning from the West African EVD outbreak tells us that such epidemics have a negative impact across the health system, and that sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services are generally disrupted leading to negative outcomes for women, men, girls and boys. To document the impacts of this outbreak on SRH services, the IRC undertook a programme assessment from October – December 2019, with the aim of developing concrete recommendations for improving SRH service provision and access during the current outbreak and for future outbreaks. Read more >>


Webinar Discussion: Recent Assessment of DRC Ebola Outbreak
March 18th at 9:00AM EST
The webinar will serve as an opportunity to discuss the recent assessment the IRC conducted in the DRC to better understand how the DRC Ebola outbreak and response has affected sexual and reproductive health in North Kivu and how we can use these lessons to improve outbreak preparedness and response.

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