Fragile Environments

Coping with Crisis: How to Meet Reproductive Health Needs in Crisis Situations

People caught in crisis situations have crucial reproductive health needs. The needs of pregnant women are most urgent. Complications of labor and delivery can be life-threatening when women lack adequate care. Risk for HIV/AIDS, other STIs, and unwanted pregnancy increases, particularly when disorder provides cover for rape and other sexual coercion. Health care providers understand people’s needs and have experience meeting them, but few have worked in humanitarian relief.