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.

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.
There is no doubt that the climate crisis is one of the key challenges of our time – our planet is in a state of emergency and the time for action is now. An often overlooked aspect of the climate crisis is how it intersects with sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In early April 2020, the all too familiar destruction of a Tropical Cyclone (TC) – Harold – hit the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga. One of the worst affected areas was the Eastern part of Fiji.
People are being forced from their homes more than ever. Whether fleeing conflict or losing homes to natural disasters, there are an estimated 70.8 million refugees worldwide, with women and girls often most at risk. We want to know: what would you do under these circumstances?
Kiribati is one of the least developed countries in the Pacific with few natural resources, limited governance, institutional capacity, and infrastructure. Humanitarian crises are prevalent here, and the occurrence of extreme weather events is likely to increase due to the climate crisis as the sea levels rise and regularly flood coastal homes.
Meet some of the dedicated staff and volunteers working on the frontline during a global pandemic. Working tirelessly, our colleagues are ensuring women, men, young people and families continue to receive sexual and reproductive healthcare throughout cities and in remote communities.
With coronavirus spreading rapidly and strict lockdown measures imposed on the movement of people, the Japan Family Planning Association has been discussing ways to continue to provide vital sexual and reproductive health services.
Healthcare workers are the backbone of any healthcare emergency response, and COVID-19 is no different. Despite the difficult circumstances many of them face, they continue to deliver vital healthcare to their communities. We talk to Malak Dirani, a midwife in Lebanon of the impact COVID-19 on her work.
The novel coronavirus outbreak in China is ongoing, and it’s vital that volunteers and staff at the China Family Planning Association stay as safe as possible as they continue to support vulnerable groups. Help us to give them as much assistance as we can by donating to our emergency appeal today.