Online Program

Capacity asessment of humanitarian organizations to implement the minimum initial service package and comprehensive reproductive health: Global review

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 1:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Janet Meyers, BSN, MPH, Health Technical Unit, International Medical Corps, Washington, DC
Sandra Krause, RN, MPH, Reproductive Health Program, Women's Refugee Commission, New York, NY
Sexual Reproductive Health is recognized as a lifesaving intervention and therefore a priority action in humanitarian response. Despite increased efforts over the last decade to build technical expertise, collaborate and institutionalize reproductive health, there is little information on how that has translated to programming at the field level. Furthermore, there have been a number of important developments in aid architecture: a shift toward country ownership and empowerment as well as greater attention to disaster risk reduction (DRR), building national resilience and emergency preparedness. In order to identify gaps and build evidence on RH interventions for humanitarian settings, the Interagency Working Group for Reproductive Health in Emergencies (IAWG) has embarked on a global review to inform programming, decision making and advocacy. An assessment of governmental and non-governmental institutional capacity to deliver RH in humanitarian settings aims to address a lack of knowledge about the extent of institutional capacity and commitment to RH and is one component of the global review. The assessment tool uses an organizational development approach to look at elements such as: conceptual framework, accountability mechanisms, delivery strategy, structures and procedures, individual skills, abilities and competencies, and material resources. A pre-tested online questionnaire is distributed to relevant representatives of crisis-affected government agencies, international organizations including the United Nations agencies, and international and local NGOs. The study findings will provide a mapping of promising practices, opportunities and gaps in relation to the capacity of governmental and non-governmental institutions to deliver reproductive health along the emergency to development continuum.

Learning Areas:

Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Program planning
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Name findings from global organizational and government capacity assessment Discuss implications for policy and programming to address reproductive health in crisis settings

Keyword(s): International Reproductive Health, Disasters

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have significant experience in implementing sexual and reproductive health programs in humanitarian and development settings with a number of International NGOs. Most recently I have provided technical support to community and facility based family planning programs. I am active in the interagency working group for reproductive health in emergencies (IAWG) and chair the working group conducting the capacity assessment as part of the global review of RH in emergencies.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.