Programs, Reproductive Health
Reproductive Health Care

Reproductive health (RH) is of critical importance for all people - but particularly for refugee women and others affected by conflict or disaster. With the sudden loss of her home, a displaced woman loses access to medical care, the protection of her community, and her entire support system. Her reproductive health is at risk.

Reproductive health care consists of the services that promote the well-being of women and communities by preventing and solving reproductive health problems.

ARC views reproductive health care as a necessity and a right. We take a community-based and participatory approach to all of our health programs and utilize rights-based knowledge as a foundation for supporting the programs.  Our approach ensures the high quality and sustainability of all our programs, especially reproductive health care.

ARC Provides RH Services In: Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand, South Sudan and Rwanda

ARC's Reproductive Health Care services include:
  • Emergency Obstetrics
  • Safe Motherhood Care
  • Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response
  • HIV/AIDS Prevention
  • Family Planning
  • Psychosocial Counseling
  • Reproductive Rights Education

Startling Statistics:


Childbirth kills one woman every minute of every day.

Women who experience domestic violence by their partners have a 50% increased risk of contracting HIV.

A recent report indicates that 33 of the 50 countries affected by armed conflict rank lowest in indicators of mother and child well-being, including health and infant mortality

More facts on Reproductive Health


RHRC - ARC is one of seven members of the Reproductive Health Response in Conflict (RHRC) Consortium, a group of NGOs working towards improved reproductive health services for refugees and displaced persons around the world.

The members of RHRC work together to conduct research, assess needs in conflict settings, advocate for beneficial policies and increased funding for RH, and share expertise and lessons learned.

RAISE - ARC was one of the many partners of RAISE, a major initiative (developed by Columbia University and Marie Stopes Int'l) catalyzing change in how comprehensive reproductive health (RH) is addressed within relief organizations, field services and global decision making. ARC participated in a five-year program of The RAISE Initiative that concluded in 2011.

With support from RAISE, ARC established comprehensive reproductive health clinical services in Sudan and South Sudan. The primary focus was on establishing a comprehensive emergency obstetric unit with cesarean section and blood transfusion capabilities. Basic emergency obstetric clinics were also established and referral systems strengthened.



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