Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergency Preparedness & Response

Charles von Huff
Co-Managing Director, Disaster Risk Reduction

Charles supported the Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) in its role of facilitator of the official Reproductive Health sub-working group of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR), with the goal of developing policy and programmatic recommendations for the inclusion of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) within Emergency Preparedness and Planning activities.

To ensure that the minimum standard for priority SRH services are in place from the outset of an emergency, the ISDR advocate for implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health in crisis situations. They advocate that after the crisis situation stabilizes, the full range of SRH services should be available. The WRC began advocating for the inclusion of SRH within emergency preparedness activities in 2010.

Between 2011 and 2012, the group developed a SRH fact sheet for the 2011 Global Platform meeting, and a Policy Brief for the 2012 International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. The group had additionally drafted a checklist of activities for implementation at the national, sub-national and community level which would support the incorporation of SRH within DRR and emergency preparedness.

Charles conducted a review the Sexual & Reproductive Health Tool to support Disaster Risk Reduction integration of SRH. He conducted in-country (South Sudan, Kenya, and Pakistan), Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions and Workshops with Ministries of Health, National Disaster Management Agencies, INGOs and UN agencies for the collection, and analysis of data and corresponding recommendations and edits of the key document “Sexual & Reproductive Health in Emergencies: A Guide for Disaster Risk Reduction”.