Reproductive health for displaced people

investing in the future
FMR 19
January 2004

The articles in the feature section of this FMR hint at the breadth of reproductive health research and programming being carried out in conflict and post-conflict settings around the world. As we measure and celebrate what has been achieved over the past decade, we must not forget how hard we have fought to make it even this far and how much remains to be done. Most of the articles in the feature section on reproductive health for refugees and IDPs are based on  presentations to a major international conference held in Brussels in October 2003 organised by the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict Consortium.

Contents

Samantha Guy and David del Vecchio

The articles in the feature section of this FMR hint at the breadth of reproductive health research and programming being carried out in conflict and post-conflict settings around the world.

Julia Matthews and Sheri Ritsema

The Women's Commission's EBP Fund is exploring ways of meeting the particular RH needs of conflict-affected refugee adolescents.

Naomi Nyitambe, Marian Schilperoord and Roselidah Ondeko

How should young people be involved in sexual RH programmes?

Hernan del Valle

Priority must be given by national and international actors to rehabilitate health systems in Afghanistan in order to meet basic health needs.

Cristina Alonso, Laura Miranda, Sally Hughes and Lucy Fauveau

Provision of reproductive health services and training for local health workers among returned indigenous Guatemalans has proved valuable.

Janet Meyers, Samantha Lobis and Henia Dakkak

Is enough being done to provide displaced women with emergency obstetric care (EmOC)?

Paul Crystal and Lisa Ehrlich

Effective RH logistics are essential and feasible.

Paul B Spiegel and Alia Nankoe

Inclusion of refugees in HIV/AIDS programmes reduces the spread of pandemic among refugee populations and host countries.

compiled by the FMR editors from submissions by CARE, IRC and ARC

NGOs are learning to talk about sex with at-risk HIV/AIDS populations.

Jeanne Ward and Jessica Brewer

Conducting GBV prevalence research in conflict-affected settings presents a host of scientific, ethical, security and methodological challenges.

Beth Vann, Meriwether Beatty and Lisa Ehrlich

Gender-based violence remains one of the most challenging issues in refugee/IDP settings.

Roselidah Ondeko and Susan Purdin

Participatory surveys in Ugandan refugee settlements point the way to more effective interventions.

Carlos Iván Pacheco Sánchez and Carolina Enríquez

Meeting the sexual and reproductive needs of displaced Colombians must be part of a process of restoring their lost rights of citizenship.

Fowzia H Jaffer, Samantha Guy and Jane Niewczasinski

Marie Stopes faces the challenge of providing cost-effective RH services.

Beryl Hutchison

Cooperation between church and refugee health care services helps reduce deaths in childbirth.

General articles

Antonio Donini

The Iraq crisis presents critical challenges to the humanitarian community.

Loren B Landau and Karen Jacobsen

Unfamiliar with hosting refugees, South Africa is struggling to come to terms with their arrival.

E Odhiambo-Abuya

Research undertaken in Kenya indicates that interpreters can hinder good communication in the RSD process.

Elisabeth Rasmusson

The consultations which precede the annual meeting of UNHCR's Executive Committee ('Pre-ExCom', in UN jargon) are an important forum for NGOs to raise concerns with UNHCR about the protection of refugees and IDPs. The report of Pre-ExCom is presented to the Executive Committee.

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