SPRINT Objectives

SPRINT’s overall goal is to improve health outcomes of crisis affected populations by reducing preventable sexual and reproductive health morbidity and mortality through timely access to life- saving sexual and reproductive health services as outlined in the Minimum Initial Service Package (MISP) - a set of life-saving activities to be implemented at the onset of every humanitarian crisis.

This will be achieved by developing the capacity of CCTs to respond to emergencies, greater surge capacity, advocacy at the global, regional and national level to include SRH in policies and plans, supportive research to guide the direction of the program, through strong, collaborative partnerships, compliance with international humanitarian standards and through good program management. The end result will be that in crisis affected populations all the enabling and support systems will be in place to ensure the effective implementation of all components of the The MISP.

The SPRINT Initiative was designed to address the gaps in the MISP implementation at the regional and national levels identified in a global evaluation undertaken by the IAWG in 2004. It found that in stable refugee situations availability of services for safe motherhood, sexual and gender-based violence (GBV), sexually transmitted diseases (STI), including HIV/AIDS, and family planning were generally found to be favourable, with some notable gaps in most areas. Access to emergency obstetric care (EmOC) for pregnant women needed to be ensured and antenatal care needed to include all recommended elements, particularly syphilis screening and treatment and intermittent preventive treatment for malaria, where indicated. Services for STI/HIV/AIDS and, to an even greater extent, those for GBV were less comprehensive and in greater need of strengthening.

Disaster Risk Reduction (Enabling Environment): To nurture a policy and funding environment that is supportive of SRH in crisis settings

Type of support: Funding or technical assistance (TA) to facilitate integration of The MISP into national/ organizational policies and plans

Example of activities:

  • TA visits or advocacy training from SPRINT or external consultants
  • Workshops/meetings with government officials, policy-makers, humanitarian agencies, donors, general public, etc.
  • Provision of advocacy materials or development of country-specific advocacy materials
  • Assistance in expansion of SRH/Emergency Response Plan

Type of support: Funding and facilitating national or regional research in the field of SRH in emergencies

Example of activities

  • Linkages with academic institutions, national and regional universities, and research facilities to promote research in advancing the field of SRH
  • Example research topic: Gender-based violence and adolescent health and services during humanitarian response in the Philippines
  • The MISP/SRH assessments 

Type of support: Resource mobilisation for The MISP/SRH emergency preparedness

Example of activities

  • Proposal writing assistance
  • Linkages to potential donors
  • TA or training on resource mobilisation

Emergency Preparedness (Capacity Building): To increase national capacity to coordinate the implementation of The MISP in humanitarian settings

Type of support:The MISP Coordination and Training of Trainers (ToT) trainings

Example of activities

  • Funding and planning assistance
  • SPRINT facilitators/trainers
  • Training materials
  • Continued support post-training

Types of support: SRH training that will enable and strengthen The MISP implementation and SPRINT emergency responses

Example of activities

  • Training on Clinical management of rapeo
  • Training on Basic and emergency obstetric and neonatal care (EmONC)
  • Training on Monitoring and evaluation
  • Training on Communications

Types of support: Formation of country coordination teams (CCTs) where one does not exist

Example of activities

  • Funding stakeholder and coordination meetings

Emergency Response:To enable country coordination teams to respond effectively [to SRH needs] in a timely manner during a crisis

Type of support: Funding for emergency response projects which include activities of the The MISP (Requires project proposal submission)

Example of activities

  • Coordination meetings
  • Procurement/distribution of RH kits and supplies
  • Sexual violence (SV) protection measures
  • Service provision – SV, maternal health, EmONC
  • Establishment of referral systems

Types of support: Resource mobilisation for The MISP/SRH response

Example of activities

  • Proposal writing assistance
  • Linkages to potential donors

Type of support: Development of national SRH emergency response Standard Operating Procedures

Example of activities

  • TA support and visits
  • Workshops/meetings with government officials, policy-makers, humanitarian agencies, donors, etc.