New field manual for humanitarian settings
10th December 2010
The new 2010 field test version of the “Field Manual on Reproductive Health in Humanitarian Settings” has been launched at the United Nations in Geneva by UNFPA, WHO and UNHCR. The manual will help health workers provide reproductive health services in humanitarian situations. It goes beyond refugee situations to include conflicts and natural disasters and is an essential addition to humanitarian tools.
The manual was developed by the more than 100 members who make up the Inter-agency working group on Reproductive Health in Crisis (IAWG). It is available in French and Spanish and will soon be published in Arabic, Farsi and Bahasa-Indonesia. The manual builds on an earlier field-testing version, published in 1998, followed by the 1999 final version, Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations: An Inter-agency Field Manual. This version reflects the good practices documented in crisis settings around the world and the wide application of the Field Manual´s principles and technical content beyond refugee situations, extending its use into diverse crisis, including conflict zones and natural disasters.