Midwives on the front line

No. of pages: 37

Publication date: 2016

Author: UNFPA and ICS Integrare

Publisher: UNFPA


Humanitarian crises, and the associated population displacement, are a large and growing problem across the globe.  Countries in the Arab states region feature prominently in global statistics for fragility and humanitarian crises: according to the UNHCR, in 2015, 40% of the world’s refugees, internally displaced persons and asylum seekers originated from this region, and countries in this region host 34% of the world’s forcibly displaced populations.

This report is the output of a data collection exercise in six Arab states currently affected by humanitarian crises: Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen in an attempt to analyze how the crises had affected the need for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) services and the availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of care provided by midwives and other RMNCAH workers.