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.

SPRINT in Africa

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.

  • In the conflict affected Central African Republic there are an estimated 551,600 internally displaced persons. In Bangui, the SPRINT Initiative aims to reach 31,650 women of reproductive age, 4,000 pregnant women and 25,320 sexually active men.
    In the conflict affected Central African Republic there are an estimated 551,600 internally displaced persons. In Bangui, the SPRINT Initiative aims to reach 31,650 women of reproductive age, 4,000 pregnant women and 25,320 sexually active men.
  • IPPF’s Member Association, the Association Centrafricaine pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ACABEF) is working closely with its country partner, UNFPA, to implement a six-month emergency response project for reproductive health in the capital.
    IPPF’s Member Association, the Association Centrafricaine pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ACABEF) is working closely with its country partner, UNFPA, to implement a six-month emergency response project for reproductive health in the capital.
  • In 2014, SPRINT provided assistance to South Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Northern and Western Uganda.
    In 2014, SPRINT provided assistance to South Sudanese and Congolese refugees in Northern and Western Uganda.
  • Mother and baby await emergency healthcare due to the political crisis in Ethiopia
    Mother and baby await emergency healthcare due to the political crisis in Ethiopia

SPRINT in East and South East Asia and Oceania

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.

  • In 2014, SPRINT funded the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
    In 2014, SPRINT funded the emergency response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
  • The Zamboanga City crisis or Battle of Zamboanga was an armed conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
    The Zamboanga City crisis or Battle of Zamboanga was an armed conflict in Zamboanga City, Philippines.
  • The clashes caused the displacement of more than 100,000 people, civilian deaths, the occupation of several villages and the closure of the airport.
    The clashes caused the displacement of more than 100,000 people, civilian deaths, the occupation of several villages and the closure of the airport.
  • In 2014, SPRINT funded the emergency response to the Guadalcanal Floods in the Solomon Islands.
    In 2014, SPRINT funded the emergency response to the Guadalcanal Floods in the Solomon Islands.
  • The SPRINT Initiative with the Vanuatu Family Health Association provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Pam.
    The SPRINT Initiative with the Vanuatu Family Health Association provide relief to those affected by Cyclone Pam.

SPRINT in South Asia

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.

  • The SPRINT Initiative reached out to the earthquake affected population of Nepal.
    The SPRINT Initiative reached out to the earthquake affected population of Nepal.
  • In 2014, SPRINT funded emergency sexual and reproductive health services in response to flooding in the Bogra, Jamlpur, Gaibandha and Kurigram districts of Bangladesh.
    In 2014, SPRINT funded emergency sexual and reproductive health services in response to flooding in the Bogra, Jamlpur, Gaibandha and Kurigram districts of Bangladesh.
  • In 2014, SPRINT funded emergency services in Pakistan.
    In 2014, SPRINT funded emergency services in Pakistan.
  • The SPRINT Initiative also responded with emergency funding in Afghanistan during 2014.
    The SPRINT Initiative also responded with emergency funding in Afghanistan during 2014.