Delivering Supplies When Crisis Strikes: Overview

January 2019

Publisher: UNFPA


The consequences of conflicts, natural disasters and other emergencies can be staggering. More than half of maternal deaths occur in fragile and humanitarian settings, where pregnant women are at risk of life-threatening complications. Disrupted access to family planning services exposes women and adolescent girls to unintended pregnancies in perilous conditions. The breakdown of protection systems heightens the risk of sexual violence, exploitation and HIV infection. Hygiene needs are often neglected.

This overview describes how UNFPA responds in humanitarian emergencies, meeting sexual and reproductive health needs.

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