Women's, children's, and adolescents' health in humanitarian and other crises

Sarah Zeid, Kate Gilmore, Rajat Khosla, Heather Papowitz, Danielle Engel, Henia Dakkak, Njoki Rahab, Anita Sharma, Mollie Fair
2015 The BMJ (British Medical Journal)  
Women's, Children's, and adolesCents' health 56 BmJ 351:suppl1 | the bmj Women's, children's, and adolescents' health in humanitarian and other crises The worst rates of preventable mortality and morbidity among women, adolescents, and children occur in humanitarian and other crises. Sarah Zeid and colleagues discuss the specific attention that is needed for women, adolescents, and children in crises and fragile settings T he millennium development goals highlighted women's and children's
more » ... nd children's health and galvanised unprecedented efforts by and between governments, civil society, the private sector, and development organisations to meet the needs of the world's poorest people. However, as global, national, and local partners work to build on the momentum of the goals with an ambitious post-2015 development agenda, crises and fragile settings have devastating effects on individuals' and families' wellbeing, physical security, and future prospects. Urgent attention is needed to ensure that sexual and reproductive health interventions-vital for the health and dignity of women, children, and adolescents-are available and accessible to those in emergency settings. This paper highlights the critical needs for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health in emergency settings and, based on evidence, offers key recommendations to effectively tackle these needs.
doi:10.1136/bmj.h4346 pmid:26371227 fatcat:sqcgo2qmmneljortvriwsbmlhm