Systematic review of the evidence on the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health interventions in humanitarian crises

Abstract

This systematic review aims to evaluate evidence on the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) interventions delivered in humanitarian crises. Peer-reviewed and grey literature sources were systematically searched for relevant papers detailing interventions from 1 January 1980 until the search date on 30 April 2013. Data from included studies were then extracted, and the papers’ quality evaluated using criteria based on modified STROBE and CONSORT checklists. The limited evidence base for SRH interventions highlights the need for improved research on the effectiveness of public health interventions in humanitarian crises. While interventions proven efficacious in stable settings are being used in humanitarian efforts, more evidence is required to demonstrate the effectiveness of delivering and scaling-up such interventions in humanitarian crises.

Citation

Warren, E.; Post, N.; Mazeda Hossain; Blanchet, K.; Roberts, B. Systematic review of the evidence on the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health interventions in humanitarian crises. BMJ Open (2015) 5 (12) e008226. [DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008226]

Systematic review of the evidence on the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health interventions in humanitarian crises

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