Status of women and infants in complex humanitarian emergencies

Naeema A. Al Gasser, Elissa Dresden, Gwen Brumbaugh Keeney, Nicole Warren

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Women and children bear the greatest burden in the midst of war and long-term disasters. Complex humanitarian emergencies are characterized by social disruption, armed conflict, population displacement, collapse of public health infrastructure, and food shortages. Humanitarian assistance for refugees and internally displaced populations requires particular attention to the common issues affecting morbidity and mortality in women and infants. Gender-based violence and reproductive health concerns are discussed within the context of populations affected by conflict and forced migration. Recommendations for midwives and women's health care providers engaging in care for women and children in complex humanitarian emergencies are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-13
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Issue number4 SUPPL.
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Disasters
  • Infant care
  • International health problems
  • Maternal care
  • Public health policy
  • Refugee health
  • Safe motherhood
  • Violence
  • War

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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