Issue Brief on Reproductive Health

Sunday, January 1, 2006
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)

Communities in crisis are suddenly deprived of reproductive health information and services. In an emergency, access to contraceptives can be a major challenge. Transportation routes may be cut off, distribution networks dissolved and health facilities destroyed. Existing supplies may fall far short of demand when large numbers of people move into a safer location. A large number of refugees and internally displaced women will be pregnant, facing delivery under dangerous conditions; others may be victims of violence including rape.

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