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Aid Agencies Should Prioritize Adolescents’ Sexual, Reproductive Health Needs In Crisis Situations, Report Says

“Humanitarian organizations must prioritize the sexual and reproductive health needs of displaced adolescents at the earliest opportunity in a crisis to protect young people from sexual violence, sexually transmitted diseases and early pregnancy,” according to a report from the Women’s Refugee Commission and Save the Children, in partnership with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the U.N. Population Fund (UNFPA), Thomson Reuters Foundation reports. “‘The report calls for humanitarian organizations to integrate adolescent reproductive health services at the very beginning of any emergency response,’ said Sarah Costa, executive director of the Women’s Refugee Commission, speaking on a panel on Thursday at the United Nations, where the report was presented,” the news service writes. According to the report, “Investing in [Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive health (ASRH)] may help delay first pregnancy, reduce maternal death, improve health outcomes, contribute to broad development and reduce poverty,” the news service notes (Anderson, 6/14).