Australia is a leading supporter of international efforts to provide crisis-affected communities with lifesaving sexual and reproductive health services.
These health services are often underfunded during crises, leaving women and girls vulnerable to preventable illness and death.
Since 2007, Australia has committed $26.7 million to the International Planned Parenthood Federation's SPRINT initiative, which has responded to more than 75 humanitarian crises in that time, reaching over one million people.
Australia's support to SPRINT helps:
- provide safer environments for women to give birth, HIV prevention, family planning services, prevention of sexual violence and assistance to survivors of violence
- support national governments to integrate sexual and reproductive health into national disaster management policies
- build the capacity of local, national and regional organisations to implement the minimum initial services package for reproductive health in crises
Australia also prepositions sexual and reproductive health supplies throughout the Indo-Pacific region in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund.