CONCEPT NOTE: REGIONAL CONSULTATION FOR SRH IN SOUTH ASIA
The analysis of response to major disasters in the region shows critical gaps in addressing reproductive and sexual health needs posts disasters. The lack of awareness and institutional capacities on this in the region has been identified as a major cause of this gap. As per the State of world population report 2015, there are more than 100 million people in the world who are highly vulnerable and in critical need of humanitarian assistance today. About 26 million among them are women and adolescent girls in their childbearing years. Every day, 507 women die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth in fragile states.Three in five maternal deaths occur in situations like natural disasters or conflicts. The majority of this vulnerable population lives in South Asia as this is most populous region of the world and also most vulnerable to both natural and manmade disasters. Whether women live or die in a crisis often depends on whether they can access basic sexual and reproductive health services, which too often get neglected to other urgent needs, like WASH, food and shelter. The situation during disasters becomes more complex with rise in cases of sexual and gender based violence and lack of safety means for prevention of HIV/AIDs. While there are inter agency working groups on Sexual and Reproductive Health during emergencies active in other regions in the world, this remains a critical gap in South Asia Region.
Towards this gap, the agencies working in the region on this aspect have decided to come together for a two day workshop in Sri Lanka to conceptualize Inter Agency Working Group (IAWG) on SRH during emergencies in South Asia and develop a broad plan of action for the same.
Beyond SRH in emergencies, the workshop will also explore the linkages with other health and DRR priorities in South Asia region and how IAWG will complement the larger strategic coordination in Asia pacific region and global priorities. It will also be the opportunity for next level of planning of the SATHI initiative.
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