Frequently Asked Questions

1. Humanitarian staff do not have time for activities that are not imperative for saving lives. Are RH services important to reducing mortality and morbidity?

Yes, providing RH services saves lives. The MISP has been created to prioritize which of the many RH activities should be undertaken and are the most important to reduce morbidity and mortality in emergencies, particularly among women and girls. The MISP is also recognized as a life-saving intervention and is included in the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) life-saving criteria.


2. How do I advocate for the MISP to my colleagues?

Initially, some humanitarian actors may not see RH as a priority so, if needed, point out that including the MISP is a Sphere and Health Cluster standard and is not optional. Use the information contained in this briefing pack to educate colleagues about the risks women and girls face in emergencies and some of the basic tasks that can be undertaken toreduce these risks. This can be very effective in getting RH responses prioritized and funded in crisis situations.

3. My agency is not involved in the provision of health care services, so why should I be concerned about the MISP?

While the bulk of work to implement the MISP is a health sector/clusteresponsibility, the MISP is not limited to this group. For example, comprehensive prevention of sexual violence requires action not only on the part of health staff but also from the community services, site planning, water and sanitation, protection/legal and other sectors/clusters. safety and security of displaced populations, particularly women and girls. In addition, all agencies and sectors can assist in reducing HIV transmission by making condoms free, available and visible to the crisis- affected population and their staff. And EmOC services may require that the camp management agency support the transportation of pregnant women to a referral facility.


4. Why should condoms be made available if the displaced population doesn't know how to use them and the HIV prevalence is very low?

Even if the percentage of people in the community knowledgeable about condoms is low, ethically, condoms should still be made available so those who wish to access them.

Statistics of Women and Children
Affected during past emergencies and the barriers and problems faced by the women in Pakistan