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All humanitarian crises present acute sexual and reproductive health challenges. Of countries worst affected by poor sexual and reproductive health, 9 out of the 10 are in a state of crisis.

An estimated 65 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes by conflict or natural disasters, and 75 to 80% are women, children and adolescents. They are at increased risk of rape, sexually transmitted infections, unintended pregnancies, unsafe abortion, maternal morbidity and death.  

IPPF is at the forefront of delivering life-saving services. Established in 2007 and supported by the Australian Government, IPPF's SPRINT Initiative ensures access to essential lifesaving sexual and reproductive services for women, men and children in times of crises.

The SPRINT Initiative, saving lives amidst crises

Reproductive health problems are the leading cause of women’s ill health and death worldwide, and these problems are compounded during crisis.  However, reproductive health services are often neglected or ignored in humanitarian emergencies, a time when services are most needed yet are not prioritised or recognised by key humanitarian responders.  For many women and girls, this would mean the difference between life and death. 

More than 140,000 beneficiaries (mostly women and girls) have since benefitted from SPRINT supported emergency response assistance.

SPRINT is designed to address gaps in the implementation of the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for reproductive health – a set of priority activities to be implemented at the onset of an emergency. The goal of the MISP is to reduce mortality, ill-health and disability through the application of a set of clinical interventions provided using an agreed approach and set of guidelines to meet sexual and reproductive health needs in emergencies.

At the early stages of a crisis, national implementing partners conduct MISP activities and provide reproductive health commodities aimed to respond to the most urgent reproductive health needs which include preventing sexual violence and providing care to survivors, reducing transmission of HIV and STI’s, preventing excess maternal and new-born morbidity and mortality, and planning for comprehensive reproductive health services.

Besides working to ensure emergency humanitarian programmes in the field respond to such needs, SPRINT also engages in political processes, working towards raising awareness, strengthening coordination, and building capacities in disaster risk reduction and emergency preparedness. By supporting national partners and through Inter-agency coordination in the implementation of the MISP, SPRINT is making strides in decreasing the global gap in SRH in crises.

Working together with global, regional and country partners, SPRINT continues to work to deliver IPPF’s commitment to increasing access to sexual and reproductive health services for crisis-affected populations.