Inter-agency reproductive health kits for crisis situations
Reproductive health had previously rarely been considered in responses to humanitarian emergencies and, with this in mind, the concept of a minimal initial service package (MISP) was developed at the Inter-Agency Symposium on Reproductive Health in Emergency Situations held in June 1995.
The Reproductive Health Kits have been designed to facilitate the provision of reproductive health services during the early phase of a crisis. They contain essential drugs, supplies and equipment to be used for a limited period of time and a specific number of people. Once basic reproductive health services have been established, the reproductive health coordinator should analyse the situation, assess the needs and re-order medicines, disposables and equipment based on consumption of these items, in order to ensure that the reproductive health programme can be sustained.
The Kits are now in their fourth version. This booklet provides information on their contents, use and ordering procedures as of January 2008.