For some years, awareness about the need for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for women in situations of war and armed conflict has been growing. As a result, humanitarian aid programmes are paying more and more attention to the provision of SRH services in the field, but a more holistic and integrated approach to SRH is often still lacking.

This guide has been developed as a practical tool for programme officers in humanitarian aid to screen programmes and policies in order to promote a more integrated approach of SRH. It is the result of an interdisciplinary policy research project for the Belgian Development Co-operation, which highlights SRH from a human rights approach. It includes medical aspects of SRH and also emphasises the need to develop an enabling political, legal, social and cultural environment.