SPRINT Initiative achievements
The SPRINT Initiative was designed to address the gaps in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP). This outlines the minimum standard of reproductive health care in crises settings. It is internationally recognized and can mean the difference between life and death. We work around the world to save lives in crisis situations:
Roughly 75% of people displaced by conflict and natural disaster are women and young people, and the average duration of displaced situations is now 17 years. That is enough time for a woman to get pregnant, have a child and for that child to reach adolescence. These women are at increased risk of:
- Sexual violence
- Unwanted pregnancy
- Malnutrition due to pregnancy complications
- Maternal death and disability
With IPPF, SPRINT strengthened the MISP, specifically the services for safe motherhood, sexual and gender-based violence, sexually transmitted diseases (STI), including HIV/AIDS, and family planning. Access to emergency obstetric and antenatal care now include syphilis screening and treatment, as well as preventive treatment for malaria. In addition, services for STI/HIV/AIDS and gender-based violence are now more comprehensive.
Our six priority countries in Africa include Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya and Uganda.
In 2014, the African region had three major political crisis in three countries; Ethiopia, Central Africa Republic and Uganda.
SPRINT is working in six countries in the East & South East Asia and Oceania Region. These include Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste.
These countries have very diverse profiles and have different levels of governance capacities both at the national and provincial levels.
The priority countries in South Asia region include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Being disaster prone the region faced many natural disasters in 2014, including landslides in Afghanistan, earthquake and drought in Pakistan, and floods in Bangladesh. Millions of people were affected by these disasters.