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Announcing the Inter-Agency Field Manual (IAFM) Microsite

The new site offers an advanced digital version of the IAFM that takes into consideration the needs of users on the ground, based on feedback we have received over the year. Key features include reactive loading to improve speed in low connectivity areas, improved search of all content, links to content throughout the field manual for streamlined use, and hover expansion of acronyms and abbreviations, for those that may be unfamiliar

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Healthcare for Everyone Must Prioritize Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

During the United Nations General Assembly, The International Development Secretary, Alok Sharma, announced new funding that will provide millions of women and girls with access to family planning resources – a sign of the UK’s commitment to women and girls’ rights around the world.

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OHCHR Report on Human Rights-Based Approach

During the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Council, OHCHR presented its report on the application of a human rights-based approach to preventing maternal mortality and morbidity in humanitarian settings. The discussions highlighted that a rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health can support all actors in strengthening service delivery and help ensure that every woman and girl is at the centre of our humanitarian action.

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Burundi National Association for the Deaf Empowers People Living with Disabilities in Burundi

The Burundi National Association for the Deaf advocates for the rights of deaf people in Burundi. A team of sign language officers and association leaders organize trainings, lobbying efforts, and social service empowerment workshops to ensure that deaf Burundians have access to quality healthcare, education, and employment. Notably, the association works alongside 44 peer organizations, who have jointly created centers and schools that provide wrap-around support for adults and children with disabilities in Burundi. The Burundi National Association for the Deaf invites you to learn more about their work by following their Facebook page. This photo is provided from the association's Facebook page.


LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Humanitarian Action

Though the LGBTIQ+ community is often particularly vulnerable, these agents also have strong capabilities to cope in the aftermath of disasters and leverage social networks in relief and recovery phases for themselves and their communities. These strengths can be leveraged to ‘do no harm’ and ‘leaving no one behind’.
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Task Sharing Family Planning Services to Increase Health Workforce Efficiency and Expand Access

Family Planning 2020's latest HIP Strategic Planning Guide is intended to lead program managers, planners, and policymakers through a strategic process to determine if and how task sharing family planning (FP) services can be used to help achieve development goals.

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Improving Health Services and Outcomes in Ninewa Plains, Iraq

To support a resilient and self-reliant approach to improving access to health services, the Advancing Partners & Communities (APC) project is managing a grant with International Medical Corps (IMC) to link minorities and other conflict-affected communities with limited access to essential services to the health care they need.

Feminist Humanitarian System Building Block I: Advancing Gender-Transformative Localization

This action brief focuses on opportunities, challenges, and solutions for advancing gender-transformative localization. It’s what we’re calling the first “building block” of a feminist humanitarian system.


“We Need to Write Our Own Names”: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the Rohingya Humanitarian Response in Cox’s Bazar

With support from Global Affairs Canada, the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) is working to advance gender equality in humanitarian programming globally. As part of this global project, WRC conducted a review of how gender and its intersection with other factors have been integrated by operational agencies and organizations into the Rohingya humanitarian response in Bangladesh, documenting positive practices, lessons learned, and recommendations for the humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar and globally.


Quality of Essential Newborn Care and Neonatal Resuscitation at Health Facilities in Afghanistan

This article presents findings from a national assessment studying the quality of maternal and newborn care at health facilities in Afghanistan. It focuses specifically on essential newborn care and neonatal resuscitation practices, and contributes to addressing evidence gaps highlighted in 2020-2024 Roadmap for Accelerating Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings.


  • Gender Mainstreaming, Analysis and Planning Course
    November 4-8, 2019

    This course is designed to prepare participants for a variety of careers where specialized knowledge is required for the integration of gender considerations into policy making, project design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. 

Upcoming Events

  • In Refuge: Family Planning in Humanitarian Settings
    October 8, 2019
    9:30 AM-11:30 AM


    The event will highlight the importance and feasibility of delivering quality services in humanitarian settings and partnership and collaboration with local organizations, government, and civil society.

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The Reproductive Health Access Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative’s literature review shares articles relevant to the field. The weekly email from RAISE includes articles from peer-reviewed publications on a range of topics related to sexual and reproductive health and rights in humanitarian settings including contraception, abortion, adolescent SRH, maternal and newborn health, HIV/STIs, and gender-based violence. If you would like to receive RAISE’s weekly literature review, please email
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