Rahnuma-FPAP launched SPRINT II initiative to improve health outcomes of crisis affected populations by reducing preventable sexual and reproductive health mortality and morbidity as it is an effective way to save lives if implemented at the onset of an emergency. Neglecting sexual and reproductive health (SRH) in emergencies has serious consequences such as preventable maternal and infant deaths unwanted pregnancies and subsequent unsafe abortions. The MISP is a set of priority activities designed to prevent excess maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, reduce HIV transmission, prevent and manage the consequences of sexual violence and plan for comprehensive SRH services. The MISP includes kits of equipment and supplies to complement a set of priority activities that must be implemented at the onset of an emergency in a coordinated manner by trained staff. The MISP can be implemented without a new needs assessment because documented evidence already justifies its use. The components of the MISP form a minimum requirement and it is expected that comprehensive SRH services will be provided as soon as the situation allows.
The MISP is a minimum standard in the 2004 Sphere guidelines and in the 2009 IASC Global Health Cluster Guidance. The goal of the project was to improve health outcomes of crisis affected populations by reducing preventable sexual and reproductive health mortality and morbidity. It specific objectives were to create policy & funding environment, increasingly support of SRH in crisis settings and to increase national capacity to coordinate the implementation of the MISP in humanitarian settings. Rahnuma-FPAP played an important role to integrate MISP RH Support to SPRINT implementation and provide technical assistance/capacity building to integrate the MISP in national policies. We conduct meetings at national and provincial levels with NDMA and PDMAs. Four days ToTs were organized in which participants from public sector. NGOs, INGOs and UN agencies were trained. These trainings were intended for SRH coordinators from local and international organizations including UN agencies and government representatives working in the area of health, SRH, emergency preparedness, disaster management and situations of forced displacement.
These sessions included class room lectures brainstorming and group work including practical exercises. Five training for trainers were conducted in collaboration with UNFPA, NHEPRN and Health Services Academy at Islamabad and Peshawar attended by 122 participants from NHEPREN, HSA, UNICEF, UNFPA, NATPOW, Save the Children, and different NGOs. The overall goal of the trainings was to increase the coordination and implementation skills of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Coordinators and managers. The skills and evidences delivered through these trainings has the capacity to be used as advocacy tool to mainstream SRH into emergency preparedness plans and humanitarian responses.