Emergencies

Women and children are disproportionately affected by natural disaster and war - pregnant women face dangerous deliveries and, in unprotected refugee settlements, rape, trafficking and gender-based violence increase. IPPF delivers essential lifesaving services for women, men and children in times of crisis.

Dr Gisele Nyamalibu is a local health worker in the DRC, currently leading the humanitarian response in Bukavu following the volcanic eruption in Goma. Driven by her passion to provide crucial sexual and reproductive healthcare, she spends her time servicing the refugee community.
Sanjiya, who is visually impaired, launched a group chat during the pandemic so that people living with disabilities could still access health information.
As part of our Women in Leadership series, IPPF spoke to Ammal Awadallah, Executive Director, Palestine Family Planning and Protection Association (PFPPA), about leading an organization through emergency responses, pushing for change, and empowering women.
The proportion of high-intensity cyclones and hurricanes has increased due to warmer global temperatures. To deal with the effects of this disaster, the support from IPPF’s Member Association in Indonesia was requested, in the form of reproductive health services for the community – an often overlooked but vital area needed in humanitarian responses.
The climate crisis is affecting everyone, but there is no doubt that some communities and groups of people are being more impacted than others. Guest blogger Evelyn Acham, a climate justice activist from Uganda, explains.
An increasing number of people globally live in areas badly affected by conflict, natural disasters, and other fragile humanitarian settings. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by these events by a significant margin – but why?
Despite Ravat Village being located approximately 30 minutes' drive from the capital, a lack of access to transportation and subsequent stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic have left many communities further isolated.
This World Humanitarian Day we reflect on the incredible work undertaken by our humanitarian response teams over the last 12 months. Last year IPPF reached approximately 5.5 million people in humanitarian crises through our local Member Associations. This achievement would not have been possible without the dedicated and heroic healthcare teams providing vital sexual and reproductive healthcare in the most fragile humanitarian settings.
At 26, Julonna Peterson of St Vincent is one of the youngest executive directors of an IPPF Member Association. Driven by a passion for volunteering and helping others, Julonna’s immediate focus upon taking up the role in January 2021 was to coordinate and manage an emergency response following the devastating volcanic eruption on the island.
Dr Ratni is a fearless doctor, doting mother, and selfless volunteer. She is currently a member of an emergency response following a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia.