UNFPA and partners in efforts to improve health status in humanitarian settings

19 November 2015

On 9th November 2015, UNFPA Rwanda, in collaboration with the American Refugee Committee (ARC), commenced training on the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Crises in Ngoma. The training is targeting health providers working in the Mahama refugee camp and surrounding health facilities. These facilities serve a population of 45,440 Burundian refugees in the camp as well as 370,100 of the host population in the surrounding area. During two consecutive trainings, 40 doctors, social workers, midwives and nurses have been trained on the MISP.









The participants represent service delivery points run by the Government of Rwanda, ARC and Save the Children. It is expected that the training will contribute to improve the health status and well-being of the Burundian refugees as well as host population in Kirehe District through the provision of quality Sexual and Reproductive Health services.

The core group of trainers consists of five professionals from UNFPA, Gihundwe Isange One Stop Center, and Kirehe Isange One Stop Center.
The training includes the domains of Maternal and Newborn Health, Gender Based Violence, Family Planning, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and prevention of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections, with a focus on service delivery in humanitarian settings. 
"UNFPA is committed to facilitate the provision of an integrated MISP and effective coordination of Sexual and Reproductive Health in humanitarian programmes. After this training, we hope the trained people will have greater knowledge and skills to provide quality health services" said Daphrose Nyirasafali, Programme Specialist for Reproductive Health and MISP trainer from UNFPA
Throughout 2016, UNFPA will support the Government of Rwanda in enhancing national capacities on MISP to create a pool of national trainers through a Training of Trainers. Those trainers will conduct a series of trainings for health providers in MISP to cover the entire country and in line with the priorities identified in the Humanitarian Preparedness and Contingency Plan of UNFPA and Government of Rwanda