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Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference

18-20 June
Kampala, Uganda

Comprehensive reproductive health care remains elusive for most of the world’s 30 million refugees and internally displaced people. These populations often suffer from high maternal mortality, lack of access to family planning, complications from unsafe abortion, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and gender-based violence. 

Addressing their reproductive needs will be the focus of the 2008 Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference. Organized by the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative, in collaboration with the RHRC Consortium, this conference will bring together a wide range of actors from the fields of reproductive health in emergencies, global reproductive health, humanitarian assistance and development.

Plenary sessions, panel presentations and other events will provide a platform to identify concrete solutions and inspire action amongst the international community, policy makers and health providers working in emergency reproductive health. 

UNFPA is contributing to this initiative by conducting various panel discussions and events on:

Reproductive Health

  • Managing the Minimum Initial Service Package in emergency situations and reflecting on good practices from the field

  • Providing reproductive health services through Mobile Service Units – a focus on experiences from the Pakistan Earthquake of 2005 and from Brundi

  • Formulating policies for reproductive health in emergencies

  • Improving access to family planning services through community based providers in Uganda

  • Delivering reproductive health services in the Middle East and North Africa

  • Improving the logistics of reproductive health services in emergency settings

  • Forging partnerships in order to provide reproductive health care in crises

Gender-based Violence and Clinical Management of Rape

  • Rapid gender-based violence response to post election violence in Kenya

  • Clinical management of rape: services and training- a focus on Zimbabwe and Northern Uganda


  • Preventing and treating fistula in emergency settings
  • Process and partnerships with Ministry of Health for fistula care in Somalia and Liberia

  • Provision of services in the Democratic Republic of Congo

UNFPA is also supporting the screening of A Walk to Beautiful, a documentary which shows the plight of fistula sufferers and documents the inspiring journey of five women as they move from devastation and despair to restored health.

Young People in Emergencies

  • During the demo expo, Youth Zone - a joint UNFPA/Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children advocacy video – and the youth report Will You Listen? will be presented by young people who will reflect on their experiences in conflict situations.

  • Restoring the right to dignity as basis for promoting sexual and reproductive health of internally displaced adolescents in Colombia.

  • Young people’s involvement in project design, implementation and evaluation: experiences from Burundi.

For more information on the conference and to view the full programme:

RAISE: Conference: Welcome

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