UNFPA Humanitarian Response
UNFPA is committed to ensuring that the reproductive and maternal health needs of women are not overlooked during a humanitarian crisis. When conflict and natural disasters occur, pregnancy-related deaths and sexual violence soar. Reproductive health services, including prenatal care, assisted delivery, and emergency obstetric care often become unavailable. Young people become more vulnerable to HIV infection and sexual exploitation. And many women lose access to family planning services, exposing them to unwanted pregnancy in perilous conditions. UNFPA moves quickly when emergency strikes, to protect the reproductive health of communities in crisis. Read more.
Minimal Initial Service Package
The Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health is a priority set of life‐saving activities to be implemented at the onset of every humanitarian crisis. The MISP prevents excess neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality, reduces HIV transmission, prevents and manages the consequences of sexual violence, and includes planning for the provision of comprehensive reproductive health services integrated into the primary health program in place, including the provision of RH equipment and supplies.
Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits
In support of the MISP, UNFPA Procurement Service Branch maintains stock of essential reproductive health kits (IARH Kits), ready to ship for urgent and emergency requests. The kits are divided into three blocks, and are designed to respond to three month's need for various population sizes. The individual kits are small enough and have convenient packaging, enabling them to be handled by one or two people. All boxes are clearly marked on the outside with the kit number, a distinct color for each kit, as well as a description of contents, consignee and other relevant information. A complete overview of the blocks and individual RH Kits can be found here.
Clients can order these Reproductive Health Kits for Emergency Situations through UNFPA Procurement Services. In emergency situations, orders will be delivered on average 2 to 7 days after finalization of the budget.
How to order IARH kits
If you are interested in ordering IARH kits from UNFPA, please review the Manual: Inter-Agency Emergency Reproductive Health Kits for Use in Humanitarian Settings. The manual provides detailed information on the contents of the kits and guidance on meeting reproductive health needs in humanitarian settings.
There are a total of 13 different types of IARH kits and 11 complementary commodities kits. The kits mainly include medical devices, contraceptives and pharmaceuticals. They have different dimensions and weights and different color coding. Some of them include keep cool items.
The emergency procurement team is on hand to provide expertise, assist with the ordering process, and assess reproductive health needs with the help of Technical Advisors from the UNFPA Humanitarian Office. For further information, please visit UNFPA.
UNFPA Basic Dignity Kits
Dignity Kits help women and girls maintain proper hygiene after being displaced and are a critical component of the UNFPA humanitarian response.
The Basic Dignity Kit contains 10 key essential supplies and is kept in stock, so it can be delivered within 48 hours. Dignity Kits can also be customized with 39 different items. For more information on customization options, visit UNFPA Product Catalog.
Kit 1A - Male Condoms
Kit 2 - Clean Delivery
Kit 3 - Post-rape treatment
Kit 4 - Oral and injectable contraception
Kit 5 - Treatment of STIs
Kit 6 - Clinical delivery assistance - midwifery supplies
Kit 8 - Management of complications of miscarriage or abortion
Kit 9 - Repair of cervical and vaginal tears
Kit 10 - Assisted delivery with vacuum extraction
Kit 11 - Obstetric surgery and severe obstetric complications
Kit 12 - Blood transfusion
Kit 0 - Administration and Training
Kit 1B - Female Condoms
Kit 7A - Intrauterine Device
Kit 7B - Contraceptive Implant
Newborn care supply kit (Primary Health Facility Newborn Kit)
Interagency Emergency Health Kit (Basic and Supplementary Malaria Modules)
Newborn care supply kit (Community Newborn Kit)
Newborn care supply (Hospital Kit)
Non-pneumatic anti-shock garment
Hand-held vacuum-assisted delivery
Depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA-SC)
A full overview of Inter-Agency Reproductive Health Kits is available here.