Outbreak Readiness and Response: Prioritizing Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Health Services in Humanitarian Settings

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Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health (SRMNH) services are lifesaving, essential, and time critical, and are essential components of any humanitarian response, including during infectious disease outbreaks. During an outbreak, health systems are disrupted, while SRMNH needs persist or increase. This dynamic can lead to direct mortality from infectious diseases and indirect mortality from preventable and treatable SRMNH conditions. With support from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, the READY initiative is welcoming applications for its upcoming four-day Outbreak Readiness and Response: Prioritizing Sexual, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn Health (SRMNH) Services in Humanitarian Settings training to strengthen capacity to ensure continuity and prioritization of SRMNH services during major disease outbreaks in humanitarian settings.

When and Where

The in-person, four-day training will take place from February 20 – 23, 2023, in Nairobi, Kenya.

Training Goal

The goal of this training is to equip participants with the operational knowledge and skills to ensure the continuity, quality, and safety of healthcare for women and girls of reproductive age and their newborns during an infectious disease outbreak in humanitarian and fragile settings. The training will include interactive exercises that link to an evolving outbreak scenario in a humanitarian setting, allowing learners to apply what they have learned and reflect on operational considerations for SRMNH services.

Priority audiences for workshop participants
  • Individuals working at NGOs that are operating in Kenya; government, UN representatives, and national midwifery associations are also encouraged to apply.
  • Currently work in health programming (e.g., health program manager, clinic supervisor, technical advisor, healthcare staff).
  • Current or future role in planning, managing, and/or maternal, newborn, sexual, reproductive health program readiness and response to major disease outbreaks.
  • Experience working in humanitarian and public health response.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring SRMNH services are maintained and considered in an infectious disease response
Mandatory criteria

Please note that successful applications will need to confirm:

  • Ability to commit to the four-day in-person training sessions
  • Ability to participate in written and spoken English
  • READY is welcoming applications from individuals operating in Kenya only.
Is there a cost for this training?

While there is no training fee, selected individuals will need to commit to attending the full four-day in- person training to participate. READY will support breakfast, tea breaks, and lunch for all four days of the training. READY has limited funding available to support travel costs for local/national organizations and lodging for those traveling from outside of Nairobi. This funding will be considered on an as-needed basis and requests for support can be made on the application form.