Annually 65 million people in the ESEAO Region are displaced due to conflicts and natural disasters. The worst hit are women and children, particularly from poorer, developing countries where the threats of climatic risks exacerbate the spread of the loss of lives and personal hardship.
Launched in 2007, IPPF's emergency response project, SPRINT, currently operates across 16 countries in Asia Pacific and Sub Saharan Africa, out of which 8 are in the world’s top 15 high-risk, disaster-prone countries.
IPPF-SPRINT, together with its network of country member associations, works to address sexual and reproductive health issues by helping survivors of disasters deal with gender-based violence, raising awareness on sexually transmitted infections, helping with management of HIV, and providing maternal healthcare for these displaced people.
Through partnership with local agencies, IPPF-SPRINT has delivered critical sexual and reproductive health services that have significantly reduced preventable deaths and injuries in crisis settings. The various IPPF-SPRINT regional offices work with governments and decision-makers to promote, protect, and fulfil SRHR through changes in policy and programmes as well as funding for information and services.
Since 2013, under SPRINT 2, SPRINT ESEAOR and its national partners have responded to 12 emergencies, served 69,214 people, providing critical SRH services to populations affected by disasters and emergencies.