UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency and, among other areas, supports reproductive health care for women and youth, access to modern contraceptives, and the provision of dignity kits. It is also a lead UN agency in the Protection sub-cluster on gender based violence (GBV) in emergencies.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, UNFPA, in collaboration with the health sector and partners such as DRC, Save the Children, Jesuit Refugee Services, and Zene sa Une, is working to address a range of migrant and asylum seeker needs and to provide a range of services, including:
- Sexual and reproductive health care (for the residents of the Bira Temporary Reception Centre (TRC), the Borići TRC, and the Sedra TRC):
- Screening services for women and girls;
- Sexual and reproductive health counselling;
- Prevention and curing of communicable diseases.
- Women and Girl Centres (within the Bira TRC, the Borići TRC, and the Sedra TRC):
- Individual and group psychosocial support for GBV survivors and those at the highest risk;
- Women empowerment activities;
- Life-skills education for youth;
- Provision of dignity kits and modern contraceptives;
- English language classes.
- Coordinating GBV prevention and response in emergency:
- Agreement on standard operation procedures for GBV in emergencies for Una-Sana Canton;
- GBV referral pathways for the Temporary Reception Centers;
- GBV safety audits for the Temporary Reception Centers;
- GBV/Sexual Exploitation and Abuse trainings for humanitarian personnel;
- Mainstreaming GBV in all aspects of the emergency response.