In the build-up to the first World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May 2016 the International Planned Parenthood Federation is focusing on the plight of women and girls in crises.
Australia is leading the world in prioritising the delivery of life-saving sexual, reproductive and maternal health care following natural disaster or during conflict. Australia’s support to SPRINT (the Sexual and Reproductive Health Program in Crisis and Post-Crisis Situations) is protecting lives, easing suffering and maintaining human dignity. IPPF work with Australia and UNFPA to deliver these services, responding to over 60 emergencies over the past 8 years.
This is a phenomenal achievement and something all Australian’s can be proud of. Come hear Julie Aru, a midwife who, with Australia’s support to Cyclone Pam, was able to deliver life-saving services to women and girls and boys and men in remote regions of Vanuatu.
Since the conflict in Syria began the Syrian Family Planning Association has increased the number of services it is providing, expanding the 20 clinics it had prior to the conflict to the 74 clinics it has now. Dr Lama will share her experience of working to provide maternal health services in a country whose health system is falling apart.
Dr Lama Mouakea, Executive Director, Syrian Family Planning Association
Julie Aru, Acting Executive Director, Vanuatu Family Health Association
Australian Parliamentary Group
on Population and Development
A cross-party group of parliamentarians working together to champion reproductive health and women's empowerment