Women's health

Forced to Flee: Humanitarian Disasters Leave Women at Higher Risk

The full article is available in PLOS Speaking of Medicine Community Blog

Tane Luna Ramirez from Médecins Sans Frontières reflects on the challenges of providing care for pregnant women as well as the heightened risk of sexual violence in disaster settings.

Today, as International Women’s Day approaches, up to 23,000 people will be forced to flee their homes, joining 45 million others around the world who are already displaced due to conflict, persecution, or natural disaster. Of course people of both sexes suffer and die from the direct consequences of these displacements, and from the crises that cause them. But women are especially vulnerable. For those who are pregnant, lack of care may be their biggest threat to survival. And especially in contexts of conflict, women and girls face a hugely increased risk of sexual assault.