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Mexico City Policy will have a devastating impact for International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) with its extension far beyond family planning. Restrictions into support for HIV, maternal health and infectious diseases programmes will mean that millions will be denied lifesaving healthcare they need. The policy will hit hardest, the women living at the margins of society – the poorest, the most remote and those under 25.
The Rwandan genocide of 1994 is well documented. During what has been described as “one of the most intensive killing campaigns in human history”, over 2 million people fled the country to neighbouring states. As they began to return home, settling in populous refugee villages with limited health support and infrastructure, pre-existing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) problems grew in volume and severity, and the need for action became ever more urgent.