Meeting Maternal and Reproductive Health Needs in a Post-Disaster Setting: A Qualitative Case Study From Indonesia

Hely Stenly Sajow, Rhona Winnington, Tineke Water, Eleanor Holroyd

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Abstract

Meeting and planning for maternal and reproductive health (MRH) needs during post-disaster scenarios is paramount, however, not without considerable challenges. This study was aimed at understanding the provision of MRH services in Siosar, a relocation site for a population displaced by the volcanic eruption in 2013 of Mount Sinabung, Indonesia. A qualitative case study approach was used, and data were collected through focus group discussions and individual interviews with women of reproductive age, community leaders, health personnel, and policymakers. The findings show that while considerable efforts were made to provide MRH services, these were described as “unfinished,” due to challenges such as changes to funding, inadequate provision of supplies and health personnel, and geographical location. Recommendations are that health and other sectors design a relocation site that counts physical, psychological, and social needs of a community and policymakers integrate humanitarian and development plans that include MRH services into World Health Organization’s Building Blocks of Health System.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-586
Number of pages8
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume33
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021

Keywords

  • MRH
  • health system strengthening
  • humanitarian-development nexus
  • maternal reproductive health
  • post-disaster

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