Family Planning in Humanitarian Settings: A Strategic Planning Guide

Family planning is lifesaving. Ensuring continuous access to family planning for populations experiencing a humanitarian crisis is needed, demanded and feasible. Disruption in family planning services can be minimized through a) preparedness actions, b) crisis response, and c) coordinated transition back to routine services.

The updated Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Reproductive Health (2018) repositioned family planning “preventing unintended pregnancies”— as one of four main clinical and lifesaving services of the MISP.

This document leads national and sub-national decision-makers through a strategic process to identify actions that improve family planning access in places at risk of, experiencing, and recovering from crisis events. Actions put forward here represent learning across countries and agencies that have engaged in emergency preparedness, response and recovery, and are informed by experts who have worked across these phases of crisis.