We believe that contraceptive and abortion-related services will be integrated more into humanitarian health response when evidence from humanitarian settings demonstrates that these services can be provided and make a difference in people’s lives, and this evidence is shared with the broader field.
RAISE is currently working with partners, CARE, IRC and Save the Children, to measure population-level contraceptive prevalence in program areas in North and South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In addition, we are determining barriers and facilitators of abortion-related services in these areas as perceived by the community and by providers. DRC presents challenges common to many humanitarian settings with periods of acute conflict and stability, internally displaced populations who settled in either camps or among host communities, and weak government services. Results from DRC are relevant to many other humanitarian settings in low income countries.
RAISE continues to serve on the Steering Committee of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Reproductive Health in Crises (IAWG), a coalition of UN, government, non-government, research and donor organizations that work to expand and strengthen access to good quality sexual and reproductive health services for people affected by conflict and natural disaster. Currently, in addition to being a member of the IAWG Steering Committee, RAISE is a member of the Safe Abortion Care, Voluntary Contraception and M&E sub-working groups.