Addressing Maternal Health and Gender-Based Violence in Times of Crisis

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In times of crisis, such as conflict, natural disaster, or an epidemic, critical maternal and reproductive health services often become unavailable. For pregnant women, the probability of mortality or morbidity increases; gender-based violence is more common for all, while justice is delayed or ignored; and humanitarian actors try to balance a range of immediate concerns which don’t usually include women’s health. Join us as an expert panel discusses the challenges and interventions available to deliver maternal and reproductive health services and address gender-based violence in times of crisis.

We are particularly excited that John Welch–chief clinical officer for Partners in Health’s response to Ebola in Liberia–will be joining the panel and discussing the implications of Ebola on women’s health in Liberia. The dialogue will focus in part on the various policies shaping the world’s response to the crisis.

Please join us tomorrow (November 20) from 2:00pm — 5:00pm at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, to discuss maternal health and gender-based violence in times of crisis. If you can’t make the event in person, please tune into the live stream!

Join the conversation on Twitter by following @MHTF and @NewSecurityBeat and using the hashtag #mhdialogue.