The Pakistan floods have reminded us that the needs of women and girls must not be forgotten. A statement, just released by the Reproductive Health Response in Crisis (RHRC) Consortium, underscores what should be done in Pakistan to provide the minimum services until the situation stabilizes.
Today markes World Humanitarian Day, a time to celebrate the efforts of men and women who work to save lives in war and natural disaster.
Though we have come a long way in recognizing the right of reproductive health for refugees, there is much to be done. Displaced populations in humanitarian settings continue to fall through the cracks, especially since food, water, and shelter are prioritized. While on the move for safety, women are particularly vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy, death during childbirth, sexual violence and STIs.
Last month, Haiti’s donor conference raised money for a nation that has weathered storms time and time again. The pledges added to the previously committed $3 billion in international assistance. While all of this may seem like a large amount of money for a small Caribbean island, little investment in reproductive health has undermined overall goals of poverty alleviation. A new report highlights the gaps in reproductive health in Haiti, where re-occuring crises place women and families at risk.