Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

The Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008

18 to 20 June 2008

The Reproductive Health in Emergencies Conference 2008, organized by the RAISE Initiative (Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies) in collaboration with the RHRC Consortium (Reproductive Health Response in Conflict), was aimed at addressing the need to expand comprehensive reproductive health services in crisis settings. In support of this objective, the Department of Making Pregnancy Safer worked with fellow colleagues in the Departments for Reproductive Health and Research; Health Action in Crisis; Child and Adolescent Health and Gender and Women's Health, to facilitate a discussion among partners on scaling up sexual and reproductive health in crises settings.

The purpose of a WHO-led session was to present preliminary case study data from North Darfur, where a draft Global Health Cluster tool has been used. This case study highlighted gaps in reproductive health service delivery, where in particular obstetric care and family planning services appeared to be quite weak. In light of WHO's role as lead of the Global Health Cluster to coordinate humanitarian efforts among partners, this session was also a starting point to generate discussion among participants on the way forward for WHO, including technical departments, to better support its health partners in improving health outcomes.

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