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IRC - Program & Service Delivery

DateJuly 11, 2017

The International Rescue Committee commits to implementing programmes that enable women and girls to take control of their lives, from the earliest stages of humanitarian crisis through recovery. The IRC will employ strategies that build knowledge around reproductive options and service availability and increase access to high quality contraceptive services and decision-making power through creation of enabling environments that address cultural, social and economic barriers that prevent women and girls from making informed decisions about their fertility and reproductive health. From October 2015 to September of 2016, the IRC provided a total of 270,181 Couple Years of Protection (CYP) in 21 countries, with 82% contraception attributed to long-acting and permanent methods. The IRC commits to 25% increase on CYPs annually each year until 2020. The IRC will invest in strengthening local and national health systems to ensure sustainability of contraceptive services and provider skills. The IRC commits to increasing global, national, and local advocacy for better preparedness to respond to humanitarian emergencies with critical sexual and reproductive health services, including family planning. Finally, the IRC is also committed to elevating the profile of family planning within broader global sexual and reproductive health and rights policy frameworks and initiatives, such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Humanitarian Summit.

DateJuly 11, 2017

Between 2017 and 2020, Médecins du Monde / Doctors of the World (MdM) will implement Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) activities in 13 countries out of the 69 focus countries of FP2020:

  • In Africa: Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo, Madagascar, Nigeria, Niger, Somalia;
  • In Asia: Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka;
  • In the Carribean: Haïti 
  • In Middle East: Iraq.

Médecins du Monde’s programs will provide access to Family Planning to 1,000,000 people, including 150,000 young people (from 10 to 24 years old).

 In French-speaking countries in the Caribbean (Haiti) and in Africa (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire DR Congo, Madagascar, Niger), we will implement a program to:

  • At the national level: improve the prevention and management of unwanted pregnancies following the principles of a human rights-based approach and with a specific focus on young people and youth. We will do so through:
  • Strengthening health systems at the local and district levels
  • Empowering rights holders
  • Promoting healthy public policies adapted to the specific needs of youth

In the different intervention areas, we will develop approaches that contribute to make SRH services (e.g. health education, FP, PAC) available, accessible, affordable, and at a high level of quality, especially to young people and adolescents.

  • At the regional and international levels: Advocacy towards regional and international platforms and intergovernmental institutions to keep SRHR at the top of the agenda and advance attention to the needs and rights of young people. This advocacy shall be rooted in sharing promising practices from our field evidence. At the regional level, we will mainly target the West African Health Organization in close collaboration with the Ouagadougou Partnership. We will connect the advocacy work done at international and regional level through increased support and involvement of national CSOs including youth movements. Through this approach we will also aim at strengthening the weight of pro-SRHR voices from francophone Africa.

 In addition to this program, Médecins du Monde will also be working in other countries supported by FP2020. For instance, access to family planning is a core component of the package of services we implement directly (in Nigeria and Iraq), through a local NGO we support (in Somalia) or through reinforcement of the public health system (Sri Lanka, Nepal).

In Nigeria and Iraq, we work in crisis settings where we implement the MISP. This is done through the provision of direct services in mobile health units.

In Sri Lanka and Nepal, we target specifically vulnerable population groups (remote areas and IDPs) to increase access to SRHR through community awareness, improvement of quality service provision and support to local CSOs advocating on SRHR.

In Somalia, we respond to primary healthcare of host population and refugees in Bossasso. The project is implemented through a local organization (ISDP) that aims at strengthening public health facilities and community awareness and mobilization. We have a strong focus on family planning and GBV management.

In Pakistan, we will contribute to the prevention of unwanted pregnancies by focusing on strengthening universal access and quality of family planning public health services through a five-year project in the Province of Punjab.

Médecins du Monde also produces shared resources, including our guidelines, training modules and research studies. For example, in 2015, we conducted a study in Burkina Faso, DRC, Palestine and Peru on the sociocultural and community determinants of unwanted pregnancies. These resources are available in English and French. Most of them are also available in Spanish.


As a humanitarian organization, the challenges we face in achieving our commitment include operational and security volatility in the field, as well as fundraising.

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