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Mapping innovations in humanitarian sexual and reproductive health

In this session, you’ll hear directly from those innovating to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for women, girls and marginalised populations across the humanitarian sector.

Photo: IPPF Humanitarian - Sri Lanka Floods 2018 - Transgender Dignity Kits: IPPF/Ellena Ashley Williams
IPPF Humanitarian during Sri Lanka Floods 2018 - Transgender Dignity Kits. Photo credit: IPPF/Ellena Ashley Williams

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies (GCHS), and Science Practice are conducting a research study, funded by Elrha, to explore how different humanitarian actors understand and characterise innovation and map current innovative practice within the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in emergencies sector.  

In the second webinar in this series, we will present our preliminary mapping of SRH innovations in humanitarian settings and showcase examples of innovative practice across different contexts and locations. Featured innovations will include:  

  • Home-based safe abortion with remote management by midwives in the Middle East – Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)  
  • Inclusion in action: Dignity kits for the transgender community in Kelaniya, Gampaha district, Sri Lanka – International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)  
  • Point of care ultrasound training with healthcare providers in Yemen - Bridge to Health Medical and Dental USA & MedGlobal  

Join us to learn more about where, how, and why innovation is taking place and add your innovation into the conversation! 

Are you an innovator?

If you have an example of an SRH innovation for humanitarian settings that you would like to share with us, we are still collating examples to include in the research. Please email us with a brief description of your innovation at by 28 June 2021.


Professor Karl Blanchet, Director of the Geneva Centre of Humanitarian Studies and Professor in Humanitarian Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva

Karl has a management and public health background and extensive experience in humanitarian contexts as a relief worker and a researcher. Karl’s research focuses on resilience issues in global health, specifically in post-conflict and conflict-affected countries. He has developed innovative research approaches based on complexity science and system thinking, and is currently focused on developing and testing people-centred methodological approaches for refugee populations in the Middle East. 

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