Ukraine crisis: sexual and reproductive health and rights are non-negotiable and lifesaving

Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine on 24th February 2022, humanitarian needs have been increasing by the hour. Millions of people across Ukraine are fighting for their lives.

Anyone who has been forced to flee or who lives in an area of active fighting is particularly vulnerable, even more so women and girls. People’s access to health services may be suspended or the quality may be low, and they will not have access to lifesaving reproductive health care. They are in a dire state of emergency and further exposed to risk of sexual violence, sexually transmitted infections including HIV and unintended pregnancies. Amid the terrifying devastation experienced through a humanitarian crisis, people need first and foremost safety and protection. Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services can save lives and prevent further suffering.

These are the urgent actions to be taken by European humanitarian donors and actors: read the factsheet.

Time is running out

Each year, our partners in three European donor countries (12 countries across the four years) organise a national ‘Counting down to 2020’ event to raise awareness with

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