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Session: Reproductive Health in Emergency and Conflict Settings
5071.0: Wednesday, November 10, 2004: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Reproductive Health in Emergency and Conflict Settings
Conflict and emergency situations present challenging conditions for the delivery of effective reproductive health (RH) services. War damages the physical infrastructure of the health care system, disrupts supply lines, puts health workers at risk, damages a country’s social fabric, and may introduce conditions where acts of violence such as rape are more common. Emergency situations resulting from conflict, natural disasters, or other causes create displaced populations with health needs of such urgency that preventive needs such as RH are often overlooked. Yet such needs exist on a large scale, and failing to address them can have serious adverse consequences on populations already weakened by conflict or other misfortunes. For example, refugees, internally displaced and post-conflict populations are at increased risk for sexual and domestic violence, leading potentially to sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, and psychological distress. Meeting needs of such special populations is challenging and different from implementing standard RH programs for stable populations. This panel looks at experiences in meeting RH needs in conflict and other emergency settings, including rebuilding RH programs in Afghanistan and in the Congo, addressing gender-based violence in emergency settings, and building capacity of national NGOs to implement RH services in conflict-affected settings.
Learning Objectives: By the end of the session, participants will be able to: 1) articulate the main reproductive health needs and issues faced by refugee and other displaced population 2) describe the current reproductive health situation in Afghanistan and Congo, and interventions to meet needs of the populations of those countries 3) identify opportunities and challenges of introducing active gender-based violence screening in humanitarian settings, drawing on lessons learned from other programs' planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation 4) articulate lessons learned from NGO capacity building initiatives in reproductive health in conflict-affected settings
Moderator(s):Ndola Prata, MD, MSc
8:30 AMReproductive Health in Afghanistan: Moving beyond two decades of war  [ Recorded presentation ]
Suraya Dalil, MD, Nassim Assefi, MD
8:44 AMCreating a platform for Reproductive Health in Afghanistan: Establishing and implementing new clinical standards in Reproductive Health  [ Recorded presentation ]
Jeffrey M. Smith, MD, MPH, Mehr Afzoon Mehr Nessar, MD, Friba Hayat Hamayun, MD, Anne Pfitzer, MHS
8:58 AMStrategies for rebuilding the "desirable births" program in DR Congo  [ Recorded presentation ]
Yvette Mulongo, Nlandu Mangani, MD, MPH, Felix Minuku, MD, MPH, Suzanne Jessop, MPH, Issakha Diallo, MD DrPH, Franklin Baer, DrPH, MHS-TM
9:12 AMIntroducting Active Screening for Gender-Based Violence in Humanitarian Settings  [ Recorded presentation ]
Maria Caterina Ciampi
9:26 AMSmall grants/large gains: Building capacity of national NGOs to implement reproductive health services in conflict-affected settings
Meriwether Beatty, Melissa Sharer
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:Population, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health
Endorsed by:International Health; Public Health Education and Health Promotion; Public Health Nursing; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA