Emergencies

During conflicts, natural disasters, and other emergencies, sexual and reproductive health needs are easily overlooked, although these needs are enormous.

During conflicts, natural disasters, and other emergencies, sexual and reproductive health needs are easily overlooked, although these needs are enormous.

In crisis situations, one in five women of childbearing age is exposed to the risk of pregnancy. Without access to reproductive health services, these women face greater complications with the risk of losing their lives. Many women are also deprived of access to family planning, exposing them to unwanted pregnancies in dangerous conditions. Women and young people also become more vulnerable to sexual violence, exploitation and HIV infection. And the hygiene needs of women and girls are often neglected.

UNFPA works closely with governments, UN agencies, non-governmental and community organizations and other partners to ensure that reproductive health is integrated into emergency responses. UNFPA provides hygiene items, family planning services, trained personnel, and other support to vulnerable populations, and works to ensure that the needs of women and young people are met during emergencies and in the recovery phase.