Systematic review of the evidence on the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health interventions in humanitarian crises

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Humanitarian crises increase vulnerability to poor sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes among affected populations through reduced access to services and supplies, damaged health facilities, depleted human resources, increased exposure to sexual violence, and increased impoverishment and related risk-taking. The aim of this systemic review is to evaluate the evidence on the effectiveness of SRH interventions delivered in humanitarian crises. Only 15 studies met our inclusion criteria, and many were found to be of low or moderate quality and employed weak study designs.  This review highlights the need for improved research on the effectiveness of SRH interventions and the need for better evidence on how to improve delivery and scale-up of SRH interventions in humanitarian crises.

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