SPRINT: Sexual and reproductive health in crisis and post-crisis situations

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  • Burundian refugee settlements in south-western Uganda have been served by our Member Association, Reproductive Health Uganda. One of these clients said:  "We have access to a range of reproductive health services along with cervical cancer screening through IPPF-SPRINT camps. We had never received such services by any other”.  It is estimated that more than 45,000 people have accessed the essential reproductive health services.
    Burundian refugee settlements in south-western Uganda have been served by our Member Association, Reproductive Health Uganda. One of these clients said: "We have access to a range of reproductive health services along with cervical cancer screening through IPPF-SPRINT camps. We had never received such services by any other”. It is estimated that more than 45,000 people have accessed the essential reproductive health services.
  • We attended to multiple crises in the Philippines through our Member Association, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines. Storms and armed conflict displaced tens of thousands. Prevention of excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity has been a key focus.
    We attended to multiple crises in the Philippines through our Member Association, Family Planning Organization of the Philippines. Storms and armed conflict displaced tens of thousands. Prevention of excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity has been a key focus.
  • In April 2014, massive flooding killed 23 people and displaced 52,000 from their homes. Approximately 60% were women of reproductive age. Through our local Member Association, the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, we delivered all community awareness on sexual violence, HIV/AIDS and STIs.
    In April 2014, massive flooding killed 23 people and displaced 52,000 from their homes. Approximately 60% were women of reproductive age. Through our local Member Association, the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association, we delivered all community awareness on sexual violence, HIV/AIDS and STIs.
  • Thousands were helped by our Nepalese Member Association, the Family Planning Association of Nepal, within the first week of the earthquake in April 2015. Mobile medical camps in over 15 different locations served pregnant and lactating women who came with their babies for postnatal services.
    Thousands were helped by our Nepalese Member Association, the Family Planning Association of Nepal, within the first week of the earthquake in April 2015. Mobile medical camps in over 15 different locations served pregnant and lactating women who came with their babies for postnatal services.
  • Being on the ground enables us to understand the culture and the specific needs in a crisis context. As a result, we are able to appropriately adapt the services we provide.  For example, the content of our dignity kits vary. They are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the women and adolescent girls affected by the crisis. Items such as a torch and whislte help reduce a woman's vulnerability when accessing the latrines and supplies.
    Being on the ground enables us to understand the culture and the specific needs in a crisis context. As a result, we are able to appropriately adapt the services we provide. For example, the content of our dignity kits vary. They are culturally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of the women and adolescent girls affected by the crisis. Items such as a torch and whislte help reduce a woman's vulnerability when accessing the latrines and supplies.
  • Armed conflict followed by severe flooding in Myanmar displaced over 100,000 people. On the ground IPPF's Member Association, the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, carried out initiatives focused on increase nutrition of mothers and children, family planning and the provision of sexual and gender based violence awareness.
    Armed conflict followed by severe flooding in Myanmar displaced over 100,000 people. On the ground IPPF's Member Association, the Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, carried out initiatives focused on increase nutrition of mothers and children, family planning and the provision of sexual and gender based violence awareness.
  • During this time in Myanmar, over 3,000 women, approximately, were pregnant or lactating.
    During this time in Myanmar, over 3,000 women, approximately, were pregnant or lactating.
  • Access to family planning services can reduce up to a third of maternal deaths.
    Access to family planning services can reduce up to a third of maternal deaths.
  • Saving lives is the core priority of the SPRINT Initiative
    Saving lives is the core priority of the SPRINT Initiative

IPPF's SPRINT Initiative ensures access to essential life-saving sexual and reproductive health services in crisis and post-crisis situations. Through funding from the Australian Government's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) our SPRINT Initiative has brought sexual and reproductive health to the humanitarian agenda and built regional capacity in emergencies. 

The SPRINT Initiative provides one of the most important aspects of humanitarian assistance that is often forgotten when disaster and conflicts strike: access to essential life-saving sexual and reproductive health services. In times of crises, SPRINT delivers practical solutions for girls and women. It also trains humanitarian workers to deal with pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health and the aftermath of rape and violence.

SPRINT engages in political processes, working towards raising awareness, strengthening coordination, and building capacities to save lives in crises.