What is the Minimum Initial Service Package?

Publication Date: April 2015


The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) is a series of crucial actions required to respond to reproductive health needs at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. The MISP is not just kits of equipment and supplies; it is a set of activities that must be implemented in a coordinated manner by appropriately trained staff.

This set of life-saving activities forms the starting point for ensuring quality reproductive health in even the worst scenarios. These actions should be sustained and expanded with comprehensive reproductive health services throughout protracted crises and recovery.

The five objectives of the MISP are to:

  1. Ensure an organization is identified to lead the implementation of the MISP;
  2. Prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence;
  3. Reduce HIV transmission;
  4. Prevent maternal and newborn death and illness;
  5. Plan for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care, integrated into primary health care, as the situation permits.

This tool was developed through the Inter-Agecy Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises, of which UNFPA is a member. In collaboration with its partners, UNFPA encourages humanitarian actors, policymakers and donors to become more aware and responsible for implementing this critical tool.

And as part of its efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction programmes, UNFPA actively participates in the integration of the MISP in national preparedness plans.

MISP training is available here: http://iawg.net/minimum-initial-service-package/
The MISP calculator is available here: http://iawg.net/resource/misp-rh-kit-calculators/

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