Health & Sexual Violence in Humanitarian Settings


Thematic Seminar: Violence and its Impact on Health

NEXT SESSION: 18-22 mAY, 2020

Neglecting sexual and reproductive health in acute, protracted and chronically underfunded crisis situations has potentially serious consequences. It is essential for the survival and well-being of populations affected by crises that emergency and recovery responses include life-saving sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services integrated into primary health care services.

Addressing reproductive health in crisis situations is essential for the realisation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD Cairo, 1994), where the needs of populations surviving crises were stated: “All migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and displaced persons should receive basic education and health services.

CERAH offers a one-week intensive course on Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies. This course was developed jointly with the Norwegian Refugee Council’s standby roster NORCAP and UNFPA.


The overall objective of the course is to allow mid-level or senior managers to develop an understanding of sexual and reproductive health issues in emergencies and to provide them with skills to coordinate the implementation of a minimum set of sexual and reproductive health interventions at the onset of an emergency and as an integral part of health assistance programmes.

By the end of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Advocate for sexual and reproductive health in emergencies
  • Describe how an emergency situation, caused by for example conflict or disaster, affects reproductive health needs
  • Apply core concepts and techniques provided in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for SRH in Crises
  • Apply coordination skills for the implementation of the MISP
  • Draw implications for addressing SRH for communities in crisis in their own country context.


2 ECTS - Credits recognized by the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.