Reproductive Health in Refugee Situations
This United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) Humanitarian Response manual discusses reproductive health (RH) services for populations who are refugees living in emergency situations. The manual is written from the perspective of a multi-sectoral integrated approach that involves the refugee community in the development of services. Information, education, and communication (IEC) programmes are highlighted at the end of this manual. The section explains the essentials of IEC, particularly emphasising aspects that empower people to make decisions, modify behaviours, and change social conditions. It then discusses verbal and non-verbal communication, provider and service-user relationships, community relationships, counselling as a key component of an IEC programme and the role of the counsellor, how to undertake a needs assessment that collects both quantitative and qualitative data, how to use questionnaires as field tools, the GATHER method of counselling, steps in developing !
IEC activities, the messages pertinent to RH, and how to link the population to continuing support services.