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Donor Governments Should Prioritize Sexual, Reproductive Health Care In Emergency Settings

The Guardian: Sexual health gets little attention in a crisis, with devastating results
Tewodros Melesse, director general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation

“…[T]he demand for sexual and reproductive health care is much higher than normal in crisis situations. These are essential services and must form part of any humanitarian response. … We need to ensure that there is a coordinated response to provide sexual and reproductive health care on the ground, one which has the same status as other humanitarian responses such as those surrounding food, shelter, water, and sanitation. We urge governments to include reproductive health in their own humanitarian response delivery. Donor governments need to ensure that services are more equitably distributed between conflict zones and natural disasters. … A comprehensive response that includes sexual and reproductive health will help people to rebuild their lives after their worlds are turned upside down” (5/22).

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